God the Father sends down the Dove of the Holy Spirit as Saint John baptises Christ in the river Jordan.

The influence of the Venetian painters Veronese and Tintoretto is marked; from Tintoretto comes the compositional idea of including the prominent figure in the foreground who is removing his shoe.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1578 - 1610
Full title
The Baptism of Christ
Date made
about 1599
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
28.1 x 21 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Henry Wagner, 1924
Inventory number
NG3904
Location in Gallery