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FEAST - A Saint for the Day (June 24): St. John the Baptist (nativity of)

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture 
 
In most Christian churches, 24. June is the feast of the nativity of the prophet, forerunner, and baptist John (ordinarily, of course, he's either just John the Forerunner or John the Baptist).  In churches using the Gregorian calendar that feast occurs today.  Herewith a few period-pertinent images of John's birth and of other events in John's infancy: 
 
a) the Flight of Elizabeth as portrayed in relief on on later sixth-century pyxis in the Musée du Louvre in Paris: 
http://cartelfr.louvre.fr/pub/fr/image/7918_ov013683.008.jpg 
The object as a whole: 
http://cartelfr.louvre.fr/cartelfr/visite?srv=car_not_frame&idNotice=6254 
 
b) John's Naming as portrayed in relief (top row, far right) as portrayed on one of the panels from the ninth(?)-century Werden Casket in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (photograph courtesy of Genevra Kornbluth): 
http://www.kornbluthphoto.com/images/WerdenCasket.jpg   
Another view: 
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O92708/panels-from-a-casket-the-panel-unknown/ 
 
c) John's Birth as depicted in the mid-ninth-century so-called Drogo Gospels from Metz (ca. 845-855; Paris, BnF, ms. Latin 9388, fol. 102r): 
http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55001425m/f209.item.zoom 
 
d) the Flight of Elizabeth as depicted (middle register, second from right) in a later ninth-century copy some of the _Orationes_ of St. Gregory of Nazianzus (betw. 879 and 882; Paris, ms. Grec 510, fol. 137r): 
http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84522082/f287.item.zoom 
 
e) John's Birth as depicted in the later eleventh-century Cotton Troper (London, BL, Cotton MS Caligula A XIV, fol. 20v): 
http://tinyurl.com/hgmof7u 
 
f) John's Birth as depicted (at bottom left) in an eleventh -or twelfth-century copy of St. Symeon Metaphrastes' narrative of the finding of John's head (Paris, BnF, ms. Grec 1528, fol. 197r): 
http://tinyurl.com/35tavpd 
 
g) John's Birth as depicted in the later twelfth-century Ottobeuren Collectar (ca. 1176-1200; London, BL, MS Yates Thompson 2, fol. 99r): 
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=5951 
 
h) John's Birth as depicted in a later twelfth-century Coptic-language Gospels from Damietta (ca. 1178-1190; Paris, BnF, ms. Copte 13, fol. 138v): 
http://tinyurl.com/244bpzk 
 
i) John's Naming as depicted in an earlier thirteenth-century glass window panel in Angers' cathédrale Saint-Maurice (ca. 1235; bay 108b, panel 2): 
http://www.medievalart.org.uk/Angers/Bay_108b/Angers_Bay108b_Panel02.htm 
 
j) John's Birth as depicted in a mid-thirteenth-century gradual for the Use of the abbey of Notre-Dame at Fontevrault (ca. 1250-1260; Limoges, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 2, fol. 154v): 
http://www.enluminures.culture.fr/Wave/savimage/enlumine/irht1/IRHT_043511-p.jpg 
 
k) John's Birth as depicted in a late thirteenth-century copy of French origin of the _Legenda aurea_ (San Marino, CA, Huntington Library, ms. HM 3027, fol. 65r): 
http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/ds/huntington/images//000877A.jpg 
 
l) John's Birth as depicted (at left; at right, the Annunciation to Zacharias) in a later fourteenth-century copy of the _Legenda aurea_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (ca. 1380; Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, ms. 1729, fol. 139v): 
http://www.enluminures.culture.fr/Wave/savimage/enlumine/irht16/IRHT_068241-p.jpg 
 
m) John's Birth as depicted in a fourteenth-century gradual from an unidentified Dominican house (Karlsruhe, Badische Bibliothek, cod. St. Peter perg. 49, fol. 81v): 
http://tinyurl.com/2fc6kk9 
 
n) the Flight of Elizabeth as depicted in an earlier fourteenth-century mosaic (betw. 1315 and 1321) in the exonarthex of the Chora Church in Istanbul: 
http://tinyurl.com/jaysllv 
Detail view (Elizabeth and John): 
http://tinyurl.com/go3avrk 
 
o) John's Birth as depicted (panel at lower right) in an earlier fourteenth-century pictorial menologion from Thessaloniki (betw. 1322 and 1340; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Gr. th. f. 1, fol. 44v): 
http://image.ox.ac.uk/images/bodleian/msgrthf1/44v.jpg 
 
p) John's Naming as depicted by Petrus de Raimbaucourt in an earlier fourteenth-century festal missal from Amiens (1323: Den Haag; KB, ms. 78 D 40, fol. 105r): 
http://manuscripts.kb.nl/zoom/BYVANCKB%3Amimi_78d40%3A105r_init 
 
q) John's Birth as depicted in an earlier fourteenth-century copy of the _Legenda aurea_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (ca. 1326-1350; Paris, BnF, ms. Français 185, fol. 72r): 
http://tinyurl.com/3xuyoo2 
 
r) John's Birth as depicted in the earlier fourteenth-century vault frescoes (1330s) of the diaconicon in the church of the Hodegetria in the Patriarchate of Peć at Peć in, depending on one's view of the matter, either the Republic of Kosovo or Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija: 
http://tinyurl.com/2frj7qk 
 
s) John's Birth as depicted in an earlier fourteenth-century copy of the _Legenda aurea_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (ca. 1326-1350; Paris, BnF, ms. Français 185, fol. 72r): 
http://tinyurl.com/3xuyoo2 
 
t) John's Birth as depicted (bas-de-page illumination) in the earlier fourteenth-century Taymouth Hours seemingly from London or its vicinity (ca. 1326-1350; London, BL, MS Yates Thompson 13, fol. 54v): 
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=29041 
 
u) John's Birth and his Circumcision as depicted (right margin) in a mid-fourteenth-century copy of the Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk (ca. 1340; Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Cod. Gen. 8, fol. 5r): 
http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/sbs/0008/5r 
 
v) John's Naming as depicted in a mid-fourteenth-century copy, from the workshop of Richard and Jeanne de Montbaston, of the _Legenda aurea_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (1348; Paris, BnF, ms. Français 241, fol. 141r): 
http://tinyurl.com/395754j 
 
w) John's Naming as depicted in the early fifteenth-century Breviary of John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria (ca. 1410-1419; London, BL, MS Harley 2897, fols. 154r-452v, at fol. 315r): 
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=42781 
 
x) John's Birth and his Naming as depicted in an earlier fifteenth-century _Bible historiale_ (ca. 1430; Den Haag, KB, ms. 78 D 38 II, fol. 142r): 
http://manuscripts.kb.nl/zoom/BYVANCKB:mimi_78d38:dl2_142r_min 
 
y) John's Naming as depicted by Beato Angelico in an earlier fifteenth-century panel painting (ca. 1434-1435; from the predella of a dismembered altarpiece) in Florence's Museo nazionale di San Marco: 
http://www.wga.hu/art/a/angelico/13/03prede2.jpg 
 
z) John's Naming as depicted (panel at left) by Rogier van der Weyden in his mid-fifteenth-century St. John Altarpiece (ca. 1455-1460) in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmunoz_yeti/21744213042/ 
Detail view (the Naming of John the Baptist): 
http://www.wga.hu/art/w/weyden/rogier/12stjohn/1john.jpg 
 
aa) John's Birth and Naming as depicted in a late fifteenth-century copy of the _Legenda aurea_ in its French-language version by Jean de Vignay (ca. 1480-1490; Paris, BnF, ms. Français 244, fol. 174r): 
http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8442920n/f369.item.r=Fran%C3%A7ais%20244.zoom 
 
bb) John's Birth as depicted in a late fifteenth-century breviary for the Use of Langres (after 1481; Chaumont, Mediathèque de Chaumont, ms. 33, fol. 268r): 
http://www.enluminures.culture.fr/Wave/savimage/enlumine/irht6/IRHT_096921-p.jpg 
 
cc) John's Birth and his Naming as depicted by Domenico Ghirlandaio in two late fifteenth-century frescoes (ca. 1486-1490) in the cappella Tornabuoni in Florence's basilica di Santa Maria Novella: 
1) John's Birth: 
http://www.wga.hu/art/g/ghirland/domenico/6tornab/62tornab/3birth.jpg 
2) John's Naming: 
http://www.wga.hu/art/g/ghirland/domenico/6tornab/62tornab/4naming.jpg 
 
dd) John's Birth as depicted by Pinturicchio in his early sixteenth-century frescoes (1504-1506) in the cappella di San Giovanni Battista in the cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Siena: 
http://www.viaesiena.it/uploads/viaesiena/6_nativita_battista.jpg 
 
ee) the Flight of Elizabeth as depicted by George / Tzortzis the Cretan in his mid-sixteenth-century frescoes (1546/1547) in the Dionysiou monastery on Mt. Athos: 
http://tinyurl.com/hv86yk2 
 
Best, 
John Dillon 
 
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