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Baptism of Jesus

1987 Lorenzo Scott Born: West Point, Georgia 1934 oil on canvas 48 1/8 x 48 1/8 in. (122.3 x 122.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane and Bert Hunecke 1994.52 Not currently on view

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This piece illustrates a scene from the New Testament in which Jesus was baptized. The beam of light symbolizes the Holy Spirit, which descended “like a dove” upon Christ (Matthew 3:16). Lorenzo Scott painted Saint John and one of the angels as black people, linking the faith of his community to John’s mission to “prepare the way for the Lord” (Matthew 3:3).


Animal - bird - dove

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - river

Religion - angel

Religion - New Testament - baptism of Christ

Religion - New Testament - Christ


folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Lorenzo Scott

Born: West Point, Georgia 1934

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