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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)  The Baptism of Christ  Oil on wood, 1472-1475  177 cm × 151 cm (70 in × 59 in)  Uffizi, Florence, Italy
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Title: The Baptism of Christ
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on wood, 1472-1475
177 cm × 151 cm (70 in × 59 in)
Uffizi, Florence, Italy

The Baptism of Christ is a painting finished around 1475 by the Italian Renaissance painter Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop. It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Commissioned by the monastery church of San Salvi in Florence, where it remained until 1530, the picture was uted in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, whose style is well defined by the figures of Christ and Baptist. The special fame of the work is due to the pupil who helped him paint it. The blond angel on the left and parts of the landscape background belong to the hand of the very young Leonardo da Vinci, who was in Verrocchio's workshop around 1470. Some critics ascribe the second angel to another young Florentine artist, Sandro Botticelli.

The painting portrays St. John the Baptist baptizing Jesus by pouring water over his head. The extended arms of God, the golden rays, the dove with outstretched wings, and the cruciform nimbus show that Jesus is the Son of God and part of the Trinity. Two angels on the riverbank are holding Jesus' garment. The composition as a whole is attributed to Verrocchio, as master and head of the workshop, and large parts of the painting are considered his work. Leonardo's angel has excited so much special comment (and mythology), that the importance and value of the picture as a whole has been somewhat overlooked. It is one of Verrochio's brilliant masterpieces.

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