Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan  1630

by Nicolas Poussin

"My temperament compels me to look for and take pleasure in well-ordered things. I avoid confusion, which is contrary and opposed to my nature, just as light is opposed to the darkness of night," wrote Nicolas Poussin. [br] Saint John baptizes the multitudes in an ideal landscape, framed by a tree trunk on each side. Clothed in antique costumes, the orderly followers hav...
95.6 × 121.3 cm (37 5/8 × 47 3/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty