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.

Date:

1515/20

Artist:

Antwerp Mannerist (Master of the Antwerp Adoration group)
Netherlandish

About this artwork

These two scenes are particularly fine examples of the decorative style practiced in Antwerp by a group of largely anonymous artists now dubbed Antwerp Mannerists. The paintings orignally 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

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

Artist

Antwerp Mannerist

Title

King David Receiving the Cistern Water of Bethlehem

Origin

Belgium

Date

1505–1525

Medium

Oil on panel, transferred to canvas

Dimensions

73.5 × 27.5 cm (28 7/8 × 10 7/8 in.) Image: 72.7 × 26.8 cm (28 5/8 × 10 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1936.127

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