Abbey de Monte Cassino

Abbey de Monte Cassino, Italy

Abbey de Monte Cassino, Italy

John the Baptist, 

The gallery below contains images of the cartoon and the original studies for the fresco of John the Baptist for the chapel in the Basilica of Monte Cassino, Italy located  81 mi southeast of Rome at 1706 feet altitude. Saint Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order, here around 529. It was destroyed in WWII during the of Battle of Monte Cassino. The Abbey was rebuilt after the war; Pope Paul VI reconsecrated it in 1964.

After eight years of study under the Italian artist Pietro Annigoni, Long was rewarded by a commission at the Abbey of Monte Cassino. His painting there is the only non-Italian artist’s work of the Abbey’s frescoes. There were three frescos executed in the chapel of St. John the Baptist, they were the first frescos to be put in the restored Basilica since its destruction in WWII, these works are studies for the alter, central fresco.