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The Baptism of Christ
Adam Elsheimer

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.

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Artist Adam Elsheimer
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 Not on display
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