Description M. D. Pape and Jean II Pénicaud were the great masters of grisaille, a technique in which the composition is painted in a gray monochrome. The boldly incised lines on the enamels of M. D. Pape recall the technique of the engraving which served as his models. The artist executed a number of similar triptychs which illustrate St. John baptizing Christ, preaching, and being beheaded.
Provenance Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1919, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1919
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