The Baptism of Christ

Saint John baptises Jesus Christ in the river Jordan.

This is perhaps the end section from a predella panel, supporting pilaster, or flat-fronted pillar. The rest of the altarpiece has not definitely been identified, although it has been suggested that together with scenes from the lives of Saints James and John the Baptist and the Crucifixion (Paris, Louvre) this could have been part of an altarpiece for the Nobili family chapel of S. Jacopo and S. Giovanni Decollato in S. Maria degli Angeli, Florence.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1399; died 1423 or 1424
Full title
The Baptism of Christ
Date made
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
38.5 x 28.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Viscount Rothermere, 1926
Inventory number
Location in Gallery