About This Artwork

Workshop of Cornelis Engebrechtsz.
Netherlandish, 1460/65-1527

The Adoration of the Magi, 1515/25

Oil on panel
28.2 x 35.6 cm (11 3/16 x 14 in.)
Painted surface: 27.7 x 34.9 cm (10 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1045

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress, 1933, no. 43, as Lucas van Leyden.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress, 1934, no. 121, as Lucas van Leyden.

Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpiece of the Month, Nov. 1938 (no cat.).

Art Institute of Chicago, The Christmas Story in Art, 1938–39 (no cat.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpieces of Religious Art, 1954, pp. 16–17.

Art Institute of Chicago, Glad Tidings of Great Joy, 1993–94 (no cat.).

Leiden, Museum De Lakenhal, Lucas van Leyden en de Renaissance, 2011, no. 14.

Publication History

“A Christmas Broadside for Boys and Girls,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 10 (1916), n.pag. (ill.).

Wilhelm R. Valentiner, “Gemälde des Lucas van Leyden in Amerika,” Der Kunstwanderer (Nov. 1919), pp. 118–19.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, Paintings, and Drawings, vol. 2, August 1920, p. 62.

Martin Conway, The Van Eycks and Their Followers, London, 1921, pp. 471–72, pl. 24.

Max J. Friedländer, Von Eyck bis Bruegel, 2nd ed., Berlin, 1921, p. 200, fig. 28; Eng. ed., London, 1956, p. 422, pl. 8.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, and Paintings, May 1922, p. 71.

Ludwig Baldass, Die Gemälde des Lucas van Leyden, Vienna, 1923, pp. 18–19, 29–30, pl. 3.

Friedrich Winkler, Die altniederländische Malerei: Die Malerei in Belgien und Holland von 1400–1600, Berlin, 1924, p. 264.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection, 1925, p. 160, no. 2051.

Willy Burger, Die Malerei in den Niederländen von 1400–1550, Munich, 1925, p. 155.

Rose Mary Fischkin, “Martin A. Ryerson Collection of Paintings and Sculpture, XIII to XVII Century, Loaned to The Art Institute of Chicago,” unpub. MS, 1926, Ryerson Library, The Art Institute of Chicago, pp. 102–05, no. 2051.

Max J. Friedländer, “A Painting by Lucas van Leyden,” Art News 26, 28 (1928), p. 12.

Franz Du_lberg, Niederländische Malerei der Spätgotik und Renaissance, Potsdam, 1929, p. 168.

P[aul] Wescher, in Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, vol. 23, Leipzig, 1929, pp. 168–69.

Max J. Friedländer, “Über die Anfänge des Malers Lucas van Leyden,” Der Cicerone 22 (1930), pp. 495 (ill.), 498.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection, 1932, p. 181.

Max J. Friedländer, Die altniederländische Malerei, vol. 10, Leiden, 1932, pp. 89–90, 135, no. 120, pl. 73; rev. Eng. ed., Early Netherlandish Painting, Brussels and Leiden, 1973, pp. 51, 82, no. 120, pl. 96.

“The Century of Progress of the Fine Arts,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 27 (1933), pp. 59 (ill.), 60.

Franz Du_lberg, “Lucas van Leyden, bij de vierhonderdjarige herdenking van zijn sterfdag,” Elsevier’s geïllustreerd maandschrift 43 (1933), p. 7.

Daniel Catton Rich, “The Paintings of Martin A. Ryerson,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 27 (1933), pp. 12, 59, 60.

Catalogue of the Exhibition of Early Flemish Paintings, exh. cat., London, Tomas Harris Galleries, 1935, under no. 8.

Hans Tietze, Meisterwerke europäische Malerei in Amerika, Vienna, 1935 , p. 335, no. 146 (Eng. ed., Masterpieces of European Painting in America, New York, 1939).

“Tomas Harris Galleries Show Flemish Art,” Art News 33, 38 (1935), p. 13.

G. J. Hoogewerff, De Noord-nederlandsche schilderkunst, vol. 3, The Hague, 1939, p. 233.

N. Beets, Lucas van Leyden, Brussels, 1940, pp. 51–52.

“Chicago Art Institute,” Life, Sept. 8, 1941, p. 210 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Picture Book: Masterpieces of Painting, XV and XVI Centuries in the Collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1946, pp. 19–21 (ill.).

Helen Parker, The Christmas Story: Illustrated from the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1949, n.pag. (ill.).

“A Tour of the World of Art in 150 Masterpieces,” Masterpieces 1 (1950), p. 63
(ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpieces in The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, n.pag. (ill.).

Georges Marlier, Ambrosius Benson et la peinture à Bruges au temps de Charles-Quint, Damme, 1957, p. 207.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection, 1961, pp. 152 (ill.), 259–60.

J[osua] Bruyn, “Lucas van Leyden and the Leyden Painters of His Time,” unpublished typescript of summer course, 1962, copy at Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague.

Max J. Friedländer, Lucas van Leyden, Berlin, 1963, p. 50, fig. 33.

E. I. Reznicek-Buriks, review of Friedländer 1963, in Oud Holland 80 (1965), p. 245 n. 10.

Julius S. Held, review of Friedländer 1963, in Art Bulletin 48 (1966), p. 447.

Walter S. Gibson, The Paintings of Cornelis Engebrechtsz., New York, 1977, pp. 126 n. 88, 219 n. 92, 248 n. 35.

Jan Piet Filedt Kok,“Underdrawing and Other Technical Aspects in the Paintings of Lucas van Leyden,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 29 (1978), p. 161 n. 71.

Konrad Renger, review of Lucas van Leyden, exh. cat., Leiden, Stedelijk Museum
“De Lakenhal,” in Kunstchronik 32 (1979), p. 58.

Ellen S. Jacobowitz and Stephanie Loeb Stepanek, The Prints of Lucas van Leyden and His Contemporaries, exh. cat., Washington, D.C., National
Gallery of Art, 1983, p. 148.

Cécile Scailliérez, “Entre enluminure et peinture: À propos d’un ‘Paysage avec saint Jérôme pénitent’ de l’école ganto-brugeoise, récemment acquis par le Louvre,” Revue du Louvre 42 (1992), pp. 21–22, fig. 5.

Elise Lawton Smith, The Paintings of Lucas van Leyden: A New Appraisal, with Catalogue Raisonné, Columbia, Mo., 1992, pp. 187–89, no. A6.

Art Institute of Chicago, Glad Tidings of Great Joy, Chicago, 1993, pp. 32–33 (ill.), 39.

Susan Frances Jones in Martha Wolff et al., Northern European and Spanish Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2008, pp. 205-211, ill.

Lynn Ransom in François Avril, Nicole Reynaud and Dominique Cordellier, Les enluminures du Louvre, Moyen Age et Renaissance, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2010, p. 326, under no. 165.

Jan Piet Filedt Kok, "Leiden en Antwerpen omstreeks 1520. De ontmoeding met Albrecht Dürer en de introductie van het landscap" in Lucas van Leyden en de Renaissance, exhib. cat., Leiden, Museum De Lakenhal, p. 118, fig. 4.22.

Ownership History

Böhler and Steinmeyer, Berlin, May 25, 1914; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (d. 1932), Chicago [Martin Ryerson’s notebook, Art Institute Archives]; on loan to the Art Institute by 1920; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.




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