Results 1 1131
28 Previous Next

Adoration of the Magi
Additional Views Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Adoration of the Magi

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description "Wise men from the East," in the Gospel of Matthew's account of Christ's birth, saw a new star and, believing it to be a divine omen, came to honor the one marked for future greatness. Whether extraordinary appearances must be divinely ordained or could be random was a "hot" question in the 1600s. By the Renaissance, the youngest wise man had come to be depicted as an African. Pieter Coecke traveled to Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) in 1533 to work for the Turkish sultan. From this experience, he knew how to depict Near Easterners and Africans accurately.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Treatmentloss compensation
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
1/06/1941Treatmentcoated; cleaned; loss compensation
1/06/1941Treatmentcleaned; coated; inpainted; other
9/01/1957Treatmentcoated; cleaned; loss compensation; repaired
9/01/1957Treatmentcoated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
10/26/1957Examinationexamined for condition
12/08/1969Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; other
12/16/1969Treatmentcoated; inpainted; loss compensation
9/14/1984Examinationexamined for condition
9/01/1985Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
9/01/1985Treatmentcoated; loss compensation
9/17/1985Treatmentloss compensation; cleaned; coated; re-housed; other
9/17/1985Treatmentcoated; inpainted; loss compensation; varnish removed or reduced
6/01/1986Technical Reportother
6/01/1986Technical Reportexamined for technical study
2/01/1987Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; repaired
2/01/1987Treatmentcoated; filled; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
11/01/1996Treatmentloss compensation
3/09/2011Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On frame notes that this piece was commissioned by Elisabeth van Langenhove
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

1540-1549 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
H: 39 1/2 x W: 54 in. (100.3 x 137.1 cm)


    Thumbnail: Adoration of the Magi Thumbnail: Adoration of the Magi
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Adoration of the Magi