Russian icon of Saint John the Forerunner, XIX century, height – 53 cm.

The icon of St. John, the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptizer of our Lord is represented in the composition of the Deesis, the dogmatic meaning of which is the prayer of a mediator as intercession for the human race. John the Baptist is depicted by leaning towards Christ in prayer for the souls of sinners. John the Baptist delivers a blessing and holds a scroll which begins “I saw and witnessed concerning him, behold the Lamb of God…”.