The Baptism of Jesus

Candido Portinari1944

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in black and white. Contour lines and shadow areas. Saint John baptizing Jesus and three people watching the scene. On the right of the support, a rectangle-shaped form, in white, corresponding to the door of the dining room wall where the mural would be painted. The figures are outlined. In the center, a figure stading, facing forward and arms wide open. To its left, Saint John standing in profile to the left, holds in his hand a bowl above the head of Jesus. A little further back, to the left, three figures stand, looking toward Jesus and Saint John. The bottom and the floor are geometrized in uneven schematic areas light and dark, suggesting hills.

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  • Title: The Baptism of Jesus
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w17.5 x h8cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:Baptism of Jesus, religious:Jesus, religious:Saints:Saint John the Baptist, human figure:figure, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1021
  • Function: Study, not used, for the mural painting “Divine Shepherdess” [FCO 1013]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2169