The Christmas painting, made from 1710 and titled “The Baptism of Jesus,” was created by Arendt de Gelder. It is located at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK.
It highlights a large circular object that emits rays of light down, in this case to Jesus.
“The four rays that descend from heaven to illuminate Christ on their knees, being baptized by St. John, would represent the divine power of the Holy Spirit. He is incarnated again by the white dove that is hovering in the center of the cloud, “said Geronimus.
“What is unusual about this drawing is not so much the heavenly origin of the Holy Spirit, but the fact that baptism is imagined as a nocturnal event. ”