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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.


c. 1519


Jan van Scorel (Netherlandish, 1495-1562)

About this artwork

One of Jan van Scorel’s earliest known works, this image of three kings from distant lands paying tribute to the newborn Jesus incorporates elements of northern and southern European visual traditions. The refined landscape, intricate costumes, and individualized faces of the figures attest to lessons the artist likely learned from his Netherlandish predecessors. The elaborate architectural carvings, on the other hand, recall ancient Roman wall decoration. Van Scorel likely made this work while traveling to study in Italy: the panel on which it is painted is made of fir, a wood rarely used in the Low Countries but one he might have encountered on his way across the Alps. Van Scorel was praised by the first biographer of Netherlandish artists as the “lantern bearer” who brought the Italian Renaissance style back to Northern Europe.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jan van Scorel


Adoration of the Magi


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


44.4 × 55.2 cm (17 1/2 × 21 3/4 in.); Framed: 62.6 × 75 × 5.8 cm (24 5/8 × 29 1/2 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Wilson L. Mead Fund

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