Pictures for the Baptism of the Lord / 1st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

This is a small selection of free-use illustrations, photographs or images based on the readings and prayers/propers in the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Baptism of the Lord, Year B.  It is part of the Lectionary Art Series.

See hymn suggestions for this Sunday for more information about the readings and seasonal notes about this day, and links to other weeks.


Baptism of Christ

Artist:     Gérard David (ca. 1460-1523)
License:   Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0

The Baptism of Jesus

Artist:     Paolo Veronese (1528 – 1588)

Baptism of Christ - del Verrocchio and da Vinci

Source:    Wikimedia
Artist:      Andrea del Verrocchio (1436–1488) and Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

Baptism of Jesus- Tissot

Source:    Wikimedia
Artist:      James Tissot (1836–1902)


Baptism of the Lord

Artist:      Unknown - Painting, panel in Holy Cross Priory, Leicester, Great Britain

Baptism of Jesus

Fresco from Cathedrale de Sainte Trinite (now destroyed) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Artist:      Castera Bazile (1950)

The Spirit Like a Dove Descended Upon Him

Source:    Wikimedia
Attribution:       Biblical illustrations by Jim Padgett, courtesy of Sweet Publishing, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gospel Light, Ventura, CA. Copyright 1984. Released under new license, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Line Art

The Baptism of Jesus

Artist:      Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

The spirit descends like a dove as John baptises Jesus

Source:    Adapted from
Artist:      Unknown /

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