Second half of the 19th century. Mstera.
Wood, lewkas, tempera.
Size: 36x31,5x2,5 cm.
Level of painting is highly professional. In very good condition.
Against a background of mountains the slender figure of Christ is –very decently portrayed- standing in the river Jordan. He is making a blessing gesture. John the Baptist, on the left bank, is touching Christ’s head with his hand. To the right there are three angels, in a serving pose. Over Christ’s head a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, is coming from heaven. The Holy Spirit has three beams descend from heaven, indicating the divine Trinity. The baptism in the river Jordan symbolizes cleansing from sins, redemption and reincarnation. At His baptism, Christ is designated as God’s Son by a voice from heaven. The Baptism in the river Jordan is celebrated on 6 January, The Festival of Epiphany.
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