Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
     For his life is taken away from the earth.’

The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. Acts 8:26-40

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Menologion of Basil, 10th century.

 

Decani Monastery, c. 1335. 1 2

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Historiated Bible of Evert van Soudenbalch, 15th century.
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School of Maerten Jacobz. van Heemskerck.
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Lambert Sustris, The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch by the Deacon Philip, 1545-50.
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Gillis Claesz. d’Hondecoeter (1575-1638), Baptism of the Moorish Chamberlain. 1 2
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Abraham Bloemaert, The Baptism of the Chamberlain, 1620-25.
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Rembrandt, Baptism of the Eunuch, 1626. 1 2
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School of Rembrandt, The Baptism of the Eunuch, c. 1631. 1 2
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Jacob Adriaensz Backer?
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Gerrit Claesz Bleker, The Baptism of the Eunuch, 1630-35.
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Herman van Swanevelt, 1630-39.
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Abraham van Linge, Balliol Chapel, Oxford, 1637. 1 2 3 4
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Claude Vignon, St. Philip Baptizing the Eunuch of Candace, 1638.
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Jan Both, 1639-1641.
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Studio of Rembrandt, Landscape with the baptism of the chamberlain, c. 1640. Bildindex | RKDimages
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Rembrandt, Baptism of the Eunuch, 1641.
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Aelbert Cuyp, 1642-43.
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Grabenburger brothers, Kremsmünster abbey, Upper Austria, 1682.
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Louis Boullogne II, 1705.
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Johann David Seekatz (1719-1768), St. Philip Baptising the Servant of Queen Candace.
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Jacob de Wit, 1748.

Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724-1796).

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Russian, 18th century.
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Alexandre Denis Abel de Pujol, 1848.
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Théodore Chassériau, 1853. Saint-Roch, Paris.
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Herbert Boeckl, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, Angel’s Chapel, Seckau Abbey, Styria, Austria, 1952-60.
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