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"Baptism of John F. Kennedy"

Object Number: 2011.034.0001
Category: Art
Type of Object: Artwork
Dimensions: 26 x 26 in. (66 x 66 cm)
Description
Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel that depicts the baptism of John F. Kennedy.

Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "I baptize thee John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."

An enthusiastic supporter of John F. Kennedy, Stetzel was devastated by the assassination. Shortly after visiting the president’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in 1968, she began work on a series of paintings that depicted the life of the late president. Between 1968 and 1985, with a long break in the middle, Bernadine Stetzel created 71 works that followed John F. Kennedy from his christening ceremony to the eternal flame at his gravesite.

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