Christ was baptised by St John in the River Jordan when the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and the voice of God proclaimed his Son (Matthew 3: 13–17). This painting formed part of the predella of an altarpiece painted c.1460 which was once in the Silvestrine church at Montepulciano. Giovanni often reused his own compositions and this painting is similar to a predella panel in the National Gallery dating from c.1454.
Where to see this painting?
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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