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King David Receiving the Cistern Water of Bethlehem

A work made of oil on panel, transferred to canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel, transferred to canvas.




Antwerp Mannerist (Master of the Antwerp Adoration group; Netherlandish)

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This scene and that of King Solomon Receiving the Queen of Sheba are particularly fine examples of the decorative style practiced in Antwerp by a group of largely anonymous artists now dubbed Antwerp Mannerists. The paintings originally formed the interior of the wings of a folding triptych with the Adoration of the Magi as its center. Both show gifts being presented to a ruler on his throne and would have been understood as Old Testament prefigurations of the submission of the nations to Christ as king, the theme of the lost Adoration panel. They also provided an excuse for the artist to depict exotic costumes, architecture, and luxury goods—the hallmarks of the Antwerp Mannerist style.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Antwerp Mannerist


King David Receiving the Cistern Water of Bethlehem


Belgium (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel, transferred to canvas


73.5 × 27.5 cm (28 7/8 × 10 7/8 in.); Framed: 79.7 × 33.4 × 5.1 cm (31 3/8 × 13 1/8 × 2 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

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