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image of The Baptism of Christ Juan de Flandes (artist)
Hispano-Flemish, active 1496 - 1519
The Baptism of Christ, c. 1508/1519
oil on panel
painted surface: 124.2 x 79 cm (48 7/8 x 31 1/8 in.) overall (panel): 125.3 x 81.1 cm (49 5/16 x 31 15/16 in.) framed: 143.2 x 99.1 x 10.8 cm (56 3/8 x 39 x 4 1/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 3 of 6


Altarpiece of the "capilla mayor (main chapel)," church of San Lázaro, Palencia, commissioned c. 1508, until at least 1761.[1] Acquired c. 1952 by (Frederick Mont, New York);[2] purchased 11 February 1953 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] Don Sancho de Castilla made the commission. A 1761 document confirming its presence in the church was discovered by Ignace Vandevivere, Primitifs flamands. Corpus. La cathédrale de Palencia et l'église paroissiale de Cervera de Pisuerga (Brussels, 1967), 45.

[2] In 1952 all four panels now in the Gallery were with Frederick Mont in New York; see letter of 28 October 1952 from Chandler R. Post to Mont in the NGA curatorial files. Mont refers to having bought the pictures in Spain in a letter dated 16 April 1953 to Wilhelm Valentiner (Valentiner Papers, Archives of American Art, microfilm reel no. 2143, copies, NGA curatorial files).

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