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The Birth of St. John the Baptist

Jan Rombouts the Elder (Netherlandish, after 1475–1535)

c.1515-1520

Medium oil on panel Measurements H: 28 1/2 x W: 26 9/16 x D: 1 3/4 in. (71.12 x 67.47 x 4.45 cm) Credit Gift of Mrs. James V. McDonough Accession Number 81.80 Location Gallery 2, Scaife Galleries

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In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.

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Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 81.80; Rombouts, Jan, the elder; The Birth of St. John the Baptist, c.1515-1520
In this painting, Jan Rombouts the Elder depicts a biblical subject—the birth of Saint John the Baptist—in a Northern European 16th-century interior. Saint John was born to the Virgin Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, who was well after childbearing years. His miraculous birth is often seen as a prefiguration of the birth of Christ. In the foreground, a servant woman prepares the first bath for the infant Saint John, cradled in the arms of Mary; Elizabeth is attended by a midwife in the background. Almost every object in the room is symbolic: from the convex mirror (the purity of the Virgin) to the painting on the right (the martyrdom of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth) to the bath itself (purification through baptism). Recent scholarship has identified this painting as the earliest known work by Jan Rombouts, a painter and stained-glass maker from Leuven in Flanders whose monogram IAN R appears on the right and left sides of the composition.
Date: 2014
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA