Jean-Baptiste Mallet (French, 1759-1835)
Pen and brown and gray inks and red chalk and watercolor, heightened with white; squaring for transfer, Sheet: 33.3 x 44.6 cm (13 1/8 x 17 9/16 in.). Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2017.213
Mallet’s image depicts a Republican baptism ceremony during the French Revolution. The event takes place in a magnificent Gothic church, identifiable as such by its pointed arches and stained glass window. A mother presents her infant to the priest who raises his right hand as he administers the sacrament. Even the musicians pause from playing to watch this spectacle.
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