The Baptism of Christ

This scene, which is described in all four Gospels, shows Christ being baptised by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. The picture is a copy after an altarpiece predella panel by Perugino painted for the Benedictine Abbey of San Pietro in Perugia, Italy (now in Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts).

Previously dismissed as a 19th-century copy, recent research suggests the painting might be by Sassoferrato, who painted several copies of works by Perugino.

Key facts

Artist dates
1609 - 1685
Full title
The Baptism of Christ
Date made
about 1630-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas mounted on poplar
32.5 x 59 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1894
Inventory number
Location in Gallery