(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)
The Baptism of Christ (detail)1579-81
Oil on canvas
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
The two protagonists are evoked by the beam of light that strikes the back of the kneeling Christ whose face is sunk in shadows. John the Baptist is also immersed in the shadow as he bends forward in the act of pouring the water from the river Jordan over the head of Christ.