The Baptism of Christ by Aert de Gelder (1645-1727)

Today I received a Christmas Greeting from a fellow researcher Christopher Montgomery of UFORCE, which included this marvelous painting by Aert de Gelder, depicting Jesus with a very unusual object in the sky illuminating him with what appears to be rays of light.

I've seen many such paintings that date from around this time period but hadn't seen this particular one. Chris was kind enough to make some enquiries as to the particulars of this painting and I thought I'd share them with you all.

"I confirm that the painting of The Baptism of Christ by Aert de Gelder (1645-1727). Details of the painting are as follows: Oil on canvas, 48.3 x 37.1 cm Given by Lord Alwym Compton, Bishop of Ely, 1905 PROV: Marianne, Countess of Alford, who bequeathed oit to the donor, 1888 Perhaps c. 1710.

NB : Other paintings showing Jesus Christ and UFO are very presents in art until french revolution when the subject was began to be a threat for Vatican (people before this time were uneducated and does not interrested in art and paintings, except in the Renaissance time were paintings and UFO are particularly presents) De Gelder as Rembrandt had access to Vatican's paintings and litterature on Jesus Christ. Ha had surely see other paintings with UFOs and decided to do the same. Everyone knows that Vatican owns secret paintings and litterature : all works that put the religion in dander were censured. Other pics in arts and UFO in history on this french web site :
Emmanuel (from france)

Many thanks to Chris from UFORCE for allowing me to display the painting plus giving me the details about the painting.

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