Saint John The Baptist

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Saint John The Baptist

Created by
Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977
Subject of
Craig Fletcher
Description
Mixed media painting of Craig Fletcher based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint John the Baptist. The work has 22-karat gold leaf decoration. The painting shows Fletcher in the center. He is wearing a black t-shirt with blue letters and jeans. He is visible from the torso up with his head titled to the side. Fletcher’s right arm is raised in front of his chest and his other hand is resting on his hip. There are flowers in various colors with green stems around the edges and over top of the central figure. The oil painting has an architectural frame with columns and a raised base. [CRAIG FLETCHER] is painted stylistically in red below the painting. The painting is inset in a detailed architecture frame. There is a painted red star in the upper center of the frame. The wood panel is visible on the reverse and there is a label from the Sean Kelly Gallery with artwork information. There is metal hardware, including D-rings, screws, and brackets, on the reverse.The artist signed and dated the work on the back.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of The Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, Miami, FL
2014
Object number
2017.105
Restrictions & Rights
© Kehinde Wiley
Type
oil paintings
portraits
mixed media
Medium
22k gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel with metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall- framed): 40 × 24 × 4 1/8 in. (101.6 × 61 × 10.5 cm)
Portfolio/Series
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Classification
Visual Arts
Exhibition
Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Topic
African American
Art
Clothing and dress
Identity
Religion
Record ID
nmaahc_2017.105
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd504f25cb5-03cf-4b86-b462-49b6fcf4a2c6