Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baptism of Christ

Pietro Perugino: The Baptism of Christ

Title and Date of Work: Baptism of Christ (1481-1482)
Name of Artist: Pietro Vannucci (better known as Perugino)
Exact Locaton: Sistine Chapel, Holy Vatican
Medium: Fresco
Dimensions: 11 feet, 2 inches by 17 feet, 9 inches

     This painting is the first fresco seen from left to right on the northern wall in the Sistine Chapel. Pietro Perugino worked with Bernardino Di Betto on this fresco, and the latter is believed to have executed the landscape. If you look closely at the fresco, you can see that there are two scenes being depicted. On the right is a scene of John the Baptist preaching and on the left is the circumcision of Moses's son. The reason this painting is considered Trinitarian is because it contains the three elements that make up the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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