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Title The Baptism of Christ
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Artist German School
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1630
Description The natural patterns of the marble have been incorporated into the composition. The original attribution to the Spanish school was due to the picture's Spanish provenance, but the technique of painting on marble does not appear to have been widespread in Spain, whereas objects of this kind were produced in South Germany as well as in Italy. Stylistically also, it fits more happily in the context of German mannerism.
Current Accession Number P.8-1956
Subject figure; religion (Jesus, Christ, Baptism of Christ)
Measurements 52 x 38.5 cm
Material oil on stone (marble, mounted on slate)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Dr W. L. Hildburgh 1956.
Publications Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 127, cat. no. 145.
Notes For similar paintings on other types of stone, see 524-1872; Rottenhammer M.179-1960 and P.22-1962.
Rights Owner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author Ana Debenedetti



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