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The Baptism of Christ

  • polychromy, alabaster
  • 40 x 28 cm
  • Inv. 1914-DQ

Public Domain

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Besides several examples of medieval panel paintings, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent also owns an outstanding collection of medieval sculptures. They include devotional works and fragments of altarpieces from churches and convents and small religious sculptures for private use. Their exact origin is often unknown. The museum’s core collection includes this tiny yet exquisite group of early alabaster carvings. The English sculpture industry, mostly of small alabaster carvings, from the region around Nottingham, flourished from the 13th century to the early 16th century. The two reliefs of The Baptism of Christ and The Coronation of the Virgin must be situated in this context. The two carvings were originally created for an altarpiece. Their style and subject is reminiscent of Byzantine and Roman art.


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Title The Baptism of Christ
Period 15th century
Location United Kingdom TGN
Medium and support polychromy AAT
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type alabaster AAT
Inventory number 1914-DQ
Acquisition credit bequest
Scribe, Fernand
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D3 Christ as adult Iconclass
11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11H(JOHN THE BAPTIST) John the Baptist; possible attributes: book, reed cross, baptismal cup, honeycomb, lamb, staff Iconclass
11Q7321 baptism, christening ceremony ~ the first of the seven sacraments Iconclass
11QQ7321 baptism, christening ceremony ~ the first of the seven sacraments - QQ - baptism in the open air Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73C12 John the Baptist baptizing Iconclass
73C121 baptism of Christ in the river Jordan: John the Baptist pouring out water on Christ's head: the Holy Ghost descends Iconclass
School / Style Gothic (Medieval) AAT
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