Andrea del Verrocchio 1435 – 1488

The Baptism of Christ

oil on panel (177 × 151 cm) — ca. 1472 - 1475 Museum Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Andrea del Verrocchio biography

This work is linked to Mark 1:9

John the Baptist pours water over the head of Jesus, baptizing him. The beams of light and the white dove symbolize Jesus' divinity.

The painting is known for the fact that one of the angels holding Jesus' clothes, the left one, was painted not by the master himself, but by a student of Verrochio's – the young Leonardo da Vinci.

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