The Baptism of ChristOn Display

Garofalo uses landscape elements to silhouette and emphasize the sacred figures. John the Baptist is placed against a dark bluff, which signifies his self-imposed isolation in the wilderness; in contrast Christ is placed in the lighter half of the composition, which underscores the divine nature of His baptism. The graceful elegance of the figures, coupled with the skillfully rendered “sfumato” (hazy) effects in the distant landscape, impart a delicate beauty to this painting. The Dominican nun in the right foreground makes it likely it was commissioned by one of the many Dominican convents in the region.

  • 1520/1525
  • 23 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. (60.3 x 40.3 cm)
  • 1961.94
  • Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation