"National Gallery St John the Baptist film series - Episode 6, Preaching" (2017)
Preaching John the Baptist returns from the wilderness to begin preaching in Jerusalem. His message is 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord'. Art historian Jennifer Sliwka and theologian Ben Quash look at National Gallery masterpieces by Raphael, Mola and Parmigianino to discover how artists have translated the Baptist's spoken word into paint and how his most recognisable gesture - the pointing finger - communicates his message. In this episode we discuss Raphael's 'Saint John the Baptist Preaching', 1505, Pier Francesco Mola's 'Saint John the Baptist preaching in the Wilderness', about 1640 and Parmigianino's monumental 'The Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Jerome', 1526-7. 'John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading' is a series of 10 films sharing the highlights of the collaborative MA course taught by Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery and Professor Ben Quash, Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred, King's College London.