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This image represents John the Baptist whom Christians believe to have been the last Old Testament prophet. A stately green cloak covers his original costume – the ascetic camel hair tunic that he wore when preaching the doctrine of baptism on the banks of the Jordan. As was customary in medieval images he points to the Messiah with his right index finger. In the book that rests on his knees we make out the word CONSOLAMINI (take comfort) which begins a prophecy in the book of Isaiah that was interpreted in the gospel as a reference to John the Baptist.

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Naast het belangrijkste meesterwerk van de Vlaamse Schilderkunst, de "Aanbidding van het Lam Gods" door de gebroeders Jan en Hubrecht Van Eyck, zijn er nog tal van kunstschatten een bezoek waard. More about Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent

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