The Baptism of Christ

around 1515, Artist: Joachim Patinier



The Baptism of Christ

Even during his own lifetime, Patinier’s fame extended well beyond the borders of his own country. In the diary he wrote of his journey to the Netherlands (1521), Albrecht Dürer used a term hitherto undocumented in the German language to describe him: a “good landscape artist”. The signed picture is one of Patinier’s major works. The intention and concept of the “world landscape” upon which this picture is based is not the exact reproduction of a topographical reality, rather a cosmos made up of individual parts united in a harmonious whole.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 18

Object data

Object Name





around 1515


Joachim Patinier (um 1485 Dinant an der Maas - 1524 Antwerpen) - GND


oak wood


59,7 cm × 76,3 cm
Framed: 74,2 cm × 91,3 cm × 7,7 cm


Inscribed on the rock in the foreground: OPVS.IOACHIM.D.PATINIER

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 981


Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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