The Baptism of Christ

Sebastiano Ricci Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 639

An artist of international reputation, Ricci left Italy for England in 1711 or 1712. This fine oil sketch is for the now-lost decoration of a wall in the duke of Portland’s chapel at Bulstrode House in Buckinghamshire. In 1733 George Vertue praised Ricci’s work in the chapel: “The whole a noble, free invention [with] great force of lights and shade, with variety and freedom in the composition of the parts.”

The Baptism of Christ, Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, Belluno 1659–1734 Venice), Oil on canvas

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