Christ in the Wilderness

Artist: Moretto da Brescia (Alessandro Bonvicino) (Italian, Brescia ca. 1498–1554 Brescia)

Date: ca. 1515–20

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 x 21 3/4 in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.53


Following his baptism by John the Baptist, Christ retired to the wilderness for forty days: "And he was there . . . forty days, tested by Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him" (Mark 1:13). This picture, an early work by Moretto from about 1515, is a fragment of a larger canvas that must have continued past the sketchy cherubim at the left and showed other events from Christ’s life.