VAL D'AOSTA - Aosta
FILE : Cathedral deambulatory 2
TITLE : The Baptism of Jesus

LOCATION: Aosta, Cathedral, deambulatory window D

DIMENSIONS AND PROVENANCE: the fragments belong to two destroyed stained glass windows. H. 63 cms. x w. 78 cms. the first panel, h. 40 cms. x w. 30 cms. the upper, main scene.

CHRONOLOGY: beginning of the XVI century

AUTHOR: local school

PATRONAGE: unknown

SUBJECT: The Baptism of Jesus. Christ is shown here as an ascetic-looking man with meditating expression, golden hair and beard, his hands joined in prayer. We can see St. Johnís hand baptising Him in the river Jordan. The landscape in the background includes a castle and a few coloured trees. The central lunette represents Moses as a child with the Pharaoh.

CRITICAL NOTES: The architecture recalls the upper panel of St. Margareth window and The Deposition window. Landscape of northern influence. See Aosta cathedral deambulatory 5, 3) .

CONDITIONS: surface corrosion, many lost or darkened tesseras, several repaintings; the uncoloured frame is modern.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: see Bibl. Cattedrale di Aosta

PHOTOGRAPHIC REFERENCE: Archivio CVMA Italia Ė Dono Mons. Garino

EDITOR: Emanuela Linda Cappa, May 2003