Often you will find the depiction of the Baptismal of Christ in or near the baptistery. In this case, it is located in the narthex (the historic term for what might otherwise be called the foyer or entry way of the church) and just outside the church back entry, where a baptismal pool is located.
It is located in a visible location where it could serve as a source of immediate contemplation for a family who is preparing their young one just prior to the baptismal service or for the adult unbaptized catechumen during the preparation period which happens before admittance into the Catholic Church and concludes with his or her baptism.
"In a Roman house, the household’s water source was in the atrium just inside the front door. When early Christians converted a house to a church, that water source became the place where baptisms could take place if it wasn’t possible to baptize outdoors. Even though the position of the baptistery was determined by the existing architecture of the house, it took on a symbolic meaning, because baptism is the entrance to the Christian life. Today the position of the baptistery varies. It can be in one of three places: just inside the doors, in the nave in front of the congregation, or behind the chancel." glossary
I like this sculpture very much and could imagine using it as an icon prototype. An additional element to include, if it could be worked in harmoniously, would be the Holy Spirit in the form of a hovering dove. And as far a painted presentation, I envision angels at the four corners and outside the circle. You see this in Eastern iconography.
Gospel Jn 1:29-34
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel."
John testified further, saying,
"I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."
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