The Baptism of Josaphat

Object Details

Title:

The Baptism of Josaphat

Artist/Maker(s):

Follower of Hans Schilling (German, active 1459 - 1467)

from the Workshop of Diebold Lauber (German, active 1427 - 1467)

Culture:

Alsatian

Date:

1469

Medium:

Ink, colored washes, and tempera colors on paper

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.6 x 20.3 cm (11 1/4 x 8 in.)

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Through Barlaam's teaching, the prince came to admire Christianity and embraced the religion. In this scene, Josaphat kneels before a baptismal font, his hands clasped together in prayer. A cleric performs the baptism with the aid of a cleric who holds a religious service book open for him. In the original version of the story, Josaphat's baptism took place secretly in the garden pool of his father's palace. This image, however, represented the scene in a manner familiar to its medieval audience, which would have recognized a baptism as a carefully orchestrated Christian ritual.