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The Baptism of Christ
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The Baptism of Christ


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Description As described in the Bible, when John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the heavens opened and the spirit of God descended as a dove. The artist places this scene by the walls of Jerusalem. Concepts of architectural grandeur prevalent in Europe at the end of the 18th century have led the artist to introduce vast classical buildings behind the city walls. Andrea Appiani, a Milanese artist, served as Napoleon's court painter in Italy.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/10/1963Treatmentcoated; inpainted; stabilized; surface cleaned
1/10/1969Treatmentinpainted; loss compensation; stabilized
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 1800
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1017
Measurements
10 7/8 x 13 11/16 in. (27.6 x 34.7 cm)
Geography
  • Israel, Jerusalem (Place Depicted)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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