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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
1961.9.25
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From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 3 of 6

Conservation Notes

The panel was cradled and the painting cleaned and restored in 1953/1954. Like 1961.9.24, The Adoration of the Magi, this panel retains its unpainted margin on all sides, though the edges have been planed down to give a neat appearance, and the bottom edge is not as wide as those on the other three sides. The preparation of the panel itself, which is made up of four vertical members, is the same as the other panels from the San Lázaro altarpiece. The fully worked out underdrawing in this scene is easiest to detect in the figure of Christ where wide, evenly spaced hatching strokes were made visible with infrared reflectography. The concentric rings around the dove of the Holy Ghost were incised into the ground with a compass. A number of artist's changes have become visible with time: the height of the tower to the right of Christ's head was lowered and the angle and position of Saint John's right hand were changed. The painting is in good condition. Losses along the joins in the boards, particularly at the left, small localized areas of loss throughout, and some larger losses in the drapery hanging down the Baptist's back have been filled and inpainted. The inpainting is now somewhat discolored.

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