Poussin’s Small and Intensely Spiritual Panel


Nicolas Poussin’s ‘The Baptism of Christ’ is one of only a very small number of pictures the artist ever painted on panel. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover Poussin’s struggles with the format, find out how he distilled spiritual drama into such a small work, and learn how the work of Raphael may have influenced his depiction of God the Father. ‘The Baptism of Christ’ is a highlight of our upcoming Old Masters Evening Sale (4 December | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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