GREBBER, Pieter de
(b. ca. 1600, Haarlem, d. 1652/53, Haarlem)

Baptism of Christ

Oil on canvas, 235 x 155 cm
St Stephanus Church, Beckum

De Grebber's full length composition featuring the Baptism of Christ concentrates exclusively on the story's principal protagonists, eliminating the febrile animation and artifice, the squirming and twisted gestures, even the ancillary witnesses and much of the setting, present in earlier depictions of the subject by Romanist or Mannerist artists. This composition focuses on Christ and St John and confers on them a monumental, classical repose.