12. Baptism

Sadao Watanabe (1913 – 1997)
Katazome stencil print
1973
7 x 6 1/2

In this simple and direct interpretation of the Baptism, Sadao Watanabe, a Japanese Christian, has portrayed
John the Baptist clothed in a gament of animal skins holding out his arm to baptize Jesus, who is
preparing to be immersed into the waters of the Jordan. Watanabe has chosen to present Christ robed
but with his ribcage exposed to express his humanity. The Dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit hovers
above as the Scriptures recount, announcing, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 3: 21-22
21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was
opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from
heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

 
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