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In the centre of the painting, Christ is standing in the waters of the Jordan and being baptised by St John. The latter is rendered with a dark complexion and dark hair, in contrast to the figure of Christ, for whom brighter colours are employed. The iconographic detail showing the Baptist pouring water onto Christ from a shell or round cup was an established element of such depictions in Venetian art. Standing in the river, Christ is turned towards the Baptist, to whom he is extending his arms, hands clasped as if in prayer. A city is faintly visible to Christ's left, with a group of figures depicted in miniature.