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.
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.
- 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 (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – The Da Vinci Disappearance (painting only)
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations (mentioned in Database entry only)