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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.

Date:

1515/25

Artist:

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 Netherlands, then the center of the emerging art market. Its design was copied in several paintings and illuminations made in Bruges.

On View

Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Gallery 207

Artist

Cornelis Engelbrechtsz.

Title

The Adoration of the Magi

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1505–1515

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1045

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