St. John the Baptist is an oil painting produced between 1513 and 1516 by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Many people are critical of Leonardo’s work. Several critics found St. John the Baptist portrait to be disturbing as representation of the character normally portrayed as gaunt and fiery. St. John seems almost to be a hermaphrodite and many people thought that the painting shows womanish arm bent across his breast and also including the smile. The finger raised towards heaven denotes the coming of Christ.
The complete production date of St. John the Baptist canvas was disputed. Antonio de Beatis see da Vinci diary entry giving a terminus ante quem of 17 October 1517. It was seen by Beatis in Leonardo’s workshop at Clos Luce. This was the last known major work from Leonardo’s own hand. Leonardo’s own sfumato technique was considered to have reached its apogee. However, some experts have compared the hand of St. John in this picture to a similar work in the Codex Atlanticus.