A Baptism

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An unidentified saint and his companion kneel as they are baptised by a robed priest. They are watched by two people from a doorway. The architecture frames the event rather like stage scenery. The figures with stylised features and schematic modelling are large in relation to the setting. The panel, one of two in the collection, originally formed part of a predella of five scenes at the base of an altarpiece. The saint may have appeared either in the main panel with the Virgin and Christ Child or in an adjoining panel flanking the central image.

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An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.


This can mean the representation of three-dimensional forms in two dimensions so that they appear solid, or it can refer to the practice of creating a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance such as wax or clay.


Horizontal band below the main panels of altarpiece, decorated with small scenes that relate to those above.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

Altarpiece, Modelling, Predella, Stylization


  • Acc. No. NG 1539 A
  • Medium Tempera and gold on panel
  • Size 18.60 x 31.80 cm (framed: 34.00 x 77.50 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1921