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.
- Cornelis Engelbrechtsz.
- The Adoration of the Magi
- 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.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection