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The Adoration of the Magi

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




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

About this artwork

The half-length format of this jewel-like painting makes the subject of the adoration of the Christ Child accessible, while the departure of the magi and their exotic followers enlivens the rocky landscape of the background. This picture was probably made for the market of discriminating private collectors just developing in the Low Countries in the early 16th century. Cornelis Engebrechtsz. worked in the northern city of Leiden but apparently made this small painting for export and sale in the more cosmopolitan southern provinces of the Low Countries, then the center of the emerging art market. Its design was copied in several paintings and illuminations made in Bruges.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Cornelis Engelbrechtsz.


The Adoration of the Magi


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


28.2 × 35.6 cm (11 3/16 × 14 in.); Painted surface: 27.7 × 34.9 cm (10 7/8 × 13 3/4 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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