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The Preaching of John the Baptist, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 188 x 246 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAV

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In a river landscape, John the Baptist preaches amid a crowd of listeners. The Baptism of Christ is depicted in the background on the right; Christ is up to his knees in the Jordan River, John pours water over his head (Matt 3:7-12).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title The Preaching of John the Baptist, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription top centre: Baptismus fluminis et flaminis.
inscription top right: Matthei. 3. 1.
inscription bottom left: Pe. V. Borcht.
inscription bottom right: 65
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAV
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11E the Holy Ghost Iconclass
11E1 Holy Ghost represented as a dove (in flames) Iconclass
11H(JOHN THE BAPTIST) John the Baptist; possible attributes: book, reed cross, baptismal cup, honeycomb, lamb, staff Iconclass
11Q733 preaching (in general) Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C3 supernatural light Iconclass
22C31 radiance emanating from persons or things Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
25I5 landscape with tower or castle Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A277 movement in water Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41D263 walking-stick, staff, cane Iconclass
46A7 crowd, mob Iconclass
61D(RIVER JORDAN) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (RIVER JORDAN) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C1 story of John the Baptist (Matthew 3; Mark 1:4-11; Luke 3:1-22; John 1:19-34) Iconclass
73C11 John the Baptist preaching (perhaps Christ among the bystanders) 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 Renaissance AAT
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