In The Birth of John the Baptist, and early Lucas Cranach the Elder work, the newborn John the Baptist is being washed by maids in contemporary dress in a fine decorative and subtly coloured composition.
Behind is St. Anne lying on the bed. The washing of John in this scene looks forward to his baptizing of Christ himself in the River Jordan. It was painted in 1518 when the artist was 46 years of age.
Lucas Cranach the Elder’s The Birth of John the Baptist is in Skokloster Castle in Sweden.