John the Baptist (died 31/36 CE), born Yôḥānān (Hebraic name), was an itinerant preacher, and a major religious figure who baptized Jesus Christ. The son of Zechariah, he led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River, and held leadership over many disciples.
Legacy and influence
During the Renaissance the famed polymath Leonardo da Vinci painted a portrait of John the Baptist, with his apprentice Salaì as the model. A few other paintings of John were displayed in Ezio Auditore da Firenze's painting galleries, often depicting him with Jesus.
In 2012, John was one of many historical people included in the Glyph puzzles the late Assassin Clay Kaczmarek had left behind in the Animus as messages for his successor Desmond Miles to decipher. Desmond later did in September of that year. Desmond solved this puzzle, which was part of a set titled "Instruments of Power" where John was included in the list of historical individuals revealed by Clay to have wielded a Staff of Eden.
- The Venetian church the Santa Maria della Visitazione was rededicated to the Virgin Mary's visit to John's mother, Elizabeth; it was previously dedicated to the patron saint Jerome.
- Assassin's Creed II (paintings only)
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – The Da Vinci Disappearance (paintings only)
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations (mentioned in Database entry only)
- Assassin's Creed II – Glyph #5: "Instruments of Power"
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations – Database: Fenari Isa Mosque
- Assassin's Creed II – Database: San Giovanni District
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – The Da Vinci Disappearance
- Assassin's Creed II
- Assassin's Creed: Initiates – The Desmond Files
- Assassin's Creed II – Database: Santa Maria della Visitazione