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Leonardo was above all else a draughtsman, and the highly finished state of some areas of the drawing suggests that he regarded it as complete in itself. The figures, harmoniously intertwined, combine two traditional themes. The subject of the Virgin and Child sitting in the lap of the Virgin's mother had already been painted by Masaccio in an altarpiece for Sant' Ambrogio in Florence (now in the Uffizi), while the representation of the Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist was popular during the Renaissance, particularly in the city of Florence which was dedicated to St.

John the Baptist and painted in about 1454. Other panels from the same predella in the National Gallery also have scenes from the saint's life: The Birth of John the Baptist; The Baptism of Christ; The Head of St. John the Baptist brought to Herod. The narrative scenes derive closely from the bronze relief panels o{ The Baptism by Ghiberti and The Head of St. John brought to Herod by Donatello, which arrived in Siena in the autumn of 1427 to form part of the Font for the Baptistry. However, although he was interested in the creation of an illusionistic three-dimensional space as demonstrated by two of Florence's outstanding Renaissance sculptors, Giovanni di Paolo clung to the tenacious medievalism of the International Gothic style.

A fresh-faced youth behind him is seen in the pure profile of a classical medallion. There is no sign of blood, only the crimson seeds of a splitting pomegranate. A knight bearing the Medici triple plume charges ferociously on. But, strange to relate, it seems that in this particular scene only one Sienese soldier has stayed to tackle the onslaught of a dozen or so Florentines. The rest can be seen scampering home in the distance. 66 Ignorant of the fact that his travelling companion was the Archangel Raphael, Tobias was journeying to collect money owed dying would not be left in want.

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