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A Christening in Revolutionary France

A Christening in Revolutionary France

late 18th century
Location: not on view


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.
  • Patrice Batelli; purchased by Mr. Noah L. Butkin [1918-1980], 1976 (sale, 3 December 1976, “Important old master drawings”, lot #102, Christie’s, London); bequest of Mrs. Muriel Butkin [1915-2008], 2005 to The Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • {{cite web|title=A Christening in Revolutionary France|url=false|author=Jean-Baptiste Mallet|year=late 18th century|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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