In 1602, Caravaggio (1571–1610) created the painting "John the Baptist"for the private art gallery of the Roman nobleman Siriako Mattei.
Obviously, the question arises as to why the young man should be the eponymous John the Baptist, because he does not have attributes that would uniquely identify him as a saint. Caravaggio blurs the line between religious and secular and invites the viewer to determine this for himself.
A masterpiece from the Capitoline Museums in Rome is presented in the context of other works of the Gallery of Old Masters as part of the series of exhibitions "Meetings". Separate works of Karavagists testify to the influence of the Baroque painter, whose contrasting paintings and unusual productions formed the style of his successors - including Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and many others.