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Adam Elsheimer (18 March 1578  11 December 1610) The Baptism of Christ probably 15981600 Oil on copper,  28.1 x 21 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: The Baptism of Christ
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Adam Elsheimer (18 March 1578 – 11 December 1610)
The Baptism of Christ
probably 1598­1600
Oil on copper,  28.1 x 21 cm
National Gallery, London, UK


Christ’s Baptism by John the Baptist which according to the Gospels takes place in the river Jordan, is depicted here before a wooded and mountainous landscape. God the Father is at the very top of the work, surrounded by angels, and below him is the dove of the Holy Ghost, encircled by four putti. An angel descends with a red robe for Christ. The moment shown is that at which God declares: 'This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased'. New Testament (Matthew 3: 17). Since cleaning it has become clear that the old view that the foreground figure is merely a man removing a shoe is correct. Similarly, the people in the boat are probably no more than background figures.

This work is thought to have been painted during the artist’s stay in Venice (1598­1600); the spiralling composition and use of colour and light seem to illustrate the influence of Tintoretto and Veronese.

Probably anon. sale, London, 27 March 1797; probably Sir Joshua Reynolds sale, 1795; presented by Henry Wagner, 1924.

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