Jul 25, 2006

The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan

The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan

c. 1480–90

Martin Schongauer

(German, c.1450–1491)


John L. Severance Fund 1952.78

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.66.8

State: I/I



Christ wades in the Jordan River to be blessed by John the Baptist, whose left hand rests on a book of scripture, signifying the fulfillment of prophecy. Overhead, the Spirit of God approvingly descends in the form of a dove. Schongauer’s engraved lines inventively emulate different natural qualities and textures, for example the fur of John’s robe, the figures’ spiraling locks of hair, and the stippled wings of the angel.

See also
PR - Engraving
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