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The Baptism of Christ (Central section of the triptych)

Gerard David

The Baptism of Christ (Central section of the triptych)

Gerard David
  • Date: c.1505
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, wood
  • Tag: Christianity, saints-and-apostles, Jesus-Christ, Baptism-of-Jesus-Christ, St. John the Baptist
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The Baptism of Christ or the Jan des Trompes Triptych is an altarpiece painted between 1502 and 1508 by the Flemish painter Gerard David. It is now held by the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. Its central panel is 127.9 cm high by 96.6 cm wide and shows Christ's baptism in the Jordan, with an angel holding Christ's clothing and God the Father and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove above Christ. In the background is a landscape with scenes from the life of John the Baptist, whilst the foreground is filled with herbs and flowers.

The side panels are 132 cm high by 43.1 and 43.2 cm wide. They show the donors and their children - on the left panel is Jan de Trompes, treasurer of Bruges, being presented by John the Baptist, his name saint, whilst his second wife Elisabeth van der Meersch is shown being presented by her name saint, John the Baptist's mother saint Elizabeth.

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