(b. ca. 1459, Forlí, d. ca. 1539, Forlí)

The Baptism of Christ

c. 1535
Oil on wood, 86 x 67 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

While Marco Palmezzano seems to have lived in his hometown of Forlí, he travelled frequently to Venice, where he is recorded as owning property in 1495. His paintings are noted for their archaic qualities. Palmezzano’s works show affinities with those of the Venetian master Giovanni Bellini and also with the Ferrarese school, located not far from his home town of Forlí. In Baptism of Christ, the thin-flanked, bony forms of Christ and his bathing companion recall the distinctive angular forms of Cosme Tura and Nottingham alabasters.