Jesus standing at right with head bend, hands in prayer; John the Baptist standing at center, holding a tall cross, pouring water from his PR hand; winged cherub heads in ULC and dove; lamb and standing figures including a boy at right

Baptism of Christ, 18th century

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Some of Domenico Tiepolo’s drawings series dealt with specifically identifiable subjects, including the baptism of Jesus Christ. Though the story of John baptizing Jesus appears in three of the New Testament gospels, the details of the accounts are scant, leaving artists great latitude in depicting this event. Domenico responded by drawing many different versions, usually crowded with onlookers as here. There are so many such drawings that they do not seem to have been made in preparation for specific paintings; rather they were exercises for the artist.

Details
Title
Baptism of Christ
Artist Life
Italian (Venice), 1727–1804
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.58.92
Provenance
William Lygon, 8th Earl Beauchamp (1903-1979). Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 4, 1985, no. 90, for £3,456.50, to Moir; Alfred Moir, Santa Barbara (1985-d. 2010; bequeathed to MIA)
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Jesus standing at right with head bend, hands in prayer; John the Baptist standing at center, holding a tall cross, pouring water from his PR hand; winged cherub heads in ULC and dove; lamb and standing figures including a boy at right