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St John the Baptist’s altarpiece

Vlaamse Meesters in Situ Sint-Jan de Doperkerk Lierde

The altarpiece depicts scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist and the miraculous discovery of his head by the Benedictine monks. Hence the assumption that the empty niche at its centre would have proudly displayed a reliquary bust of Saint John the Baptist or a model of his head on a platter (‘in disco’).

St John the Baptist’s church

This church with its striking interior was mainly built in neo-gothic style. Dedicated to St John the Baptist, the altarpiece from the beginning of the 16th century is a remarkable masterpiece of wood carving.