(b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)

Baptism of Christ (detail)

Cappella Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

The strict composition is based on a design that is reminiscent of the early work in Sant' Andrea a Bozzi and derives from Verrocchio's famous Baptism of Christ. in the Uffizi. Ghirlandaio made slight changes to Christ's standing position and replaced the angels on the right with a kneeling male nude, who is already taking off his shoes in preparation for the baptismal ceremony. On the left we can see, from behind, another naked man about to be baptized.