El Greco / The Baptism of Christ

General Text

The work depicts the Baptism of Christ. The main figures are Jesus and John the Baptist, accompanied by three winged angels, all of whom are standing in a natural setting that represents the landscape of the River Jordan.

Though unsigned, on the basis of stylistic criteria the work can reliably be attributed to Domenicos Theotocopoulos, and assigned to works of his late Venetian period. The composition displays masterful artistry, chromatic harmony, mannerist inspiration and strong Venetian influences, as apparent e.g. in the composition of the landscape.

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Infrared photography