Oil on canvas, 26.5cm by 39.5cm.
The painting appears in the two early Burghley Inventories.
1688: “My Ladyes Closett….6 pictures in Ebbony fframes (viz) The adoration, a St Sebastian, a young Christ’s head, St Johns head in a Charger, the flight into Egypt, ye Nativity in litle___} by Carlo Dulci”.
1738: “John the Baptist’s Head in a Charger; two Cherubims looking at it, Lilies lying by it, done by Carlo Dulci”.
Carlo Dolci was mainly active in is native Florence and was famous in his own lifetime for his intense religiosity and meticulous technique. He was much patronised by John, 5th Earl of Exeter during his four Grand Tours.