Icon of the Baptism of Christ. Baptism of Christ, Russian school (15th-16th century), tempera on poplar with metal plating applied © Musei Vaticani
In this icon of the Russian tradition, the Baptism is represented according to Byzantine canons, but with essential traits. Jesus, nude in the Jordan River amid large rocks, dominates the scene, while John the Baptist places a hand on Jesus’ head and three angels await on the right to dress Him. Metal coverings highlight the halos and the central part of the background, on which is seen the ray of the Holy Spirit.
(Pope St. John Paul II, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 2003)
Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza
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