The Baptism of Christ – Original Painting


‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” Scroll down to learn more about this piece!

Available as just the painting on a linen panel (3/8″ plywood with linen adhered on top) or with a handmade, genuine gold-leaf, high quality frame. 12×12 without the frame, 17×17 with the frame.


Jesus takes dead center, and our eyes are drawn to Him first. He is all humility, arms crossed over His chest, head bowed down. Receiving Baptism in perfect obedience, though He never sinned.

John the Baptist stands to the side, his staff a visible separation between himself and God, a reference to his initial rebuttals that he needed to be baptized by Jesus, and his later remarks that he was unworthy to loose Jesus’ sandals.

The only significant part of John that breaks this barrier is his hand that Baptizes with water.

The voice of God, symbolized by the rays, and the descent of the Holy Spirit as a dove, intercept with John’s hand and Jesus’ head.  “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” echos through the air.

This whole action is anointed and sanctified by God.

John Baptizes with water, and Jesus will Baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

One of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.

As part of the program I worked closely with the team to come up with each composition, and for this one it was a unique challenge as the Baptism is never represented in a square. I took it as a chance to have the Spirit descending from the side instead of from right on top, and I think it balances the scene really well. I knew I wanted Jesus to be perfectly centered so focus would always draw to him first instead of John the Baptist. I love how it worked out. 


Oil paint is slightly transparent, letting light bounce through thinner layers of paint to the the lower layers. The brush strokes, everywhere they are even slightly raised, catch the light, and change throughout the day as the light changes.  The original painting will hold a depth that is not capturable with a print.  There’s no replacing what an original piece looks like, and when you love a piece, it’s always worth it to get the original if possible.

The frame that I’ve shown is a Masterworks Frames handmade, carved, 12 layer frame with hand applied gold leaf in either 12k (silver) or 22k (gold) genuine gold leaf (depending on what is shown in the photos). The frame is solid wood, and thick, I’ve never for an instant wondered if it would break, unlike store bought frames. The corners are filled in for a seamless museum quality finish.

If you do want a print instead, click here! You’ll be directed to the canvas print options on Ascension Press’ website. For paper prints, click the “shop now” button on the right, under a photo of the Baptism as a paper print.


Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 17 × 17 × 5 in

Just painting, With frame (+$400)


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While many items are made to order, I always strive to get your order out by the next shipping day – Tuesday and Thursday. I ship First Class USPS which generally takes 2-4 days after that to arrive at your house.

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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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