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.
|1/06/1941||Treatment||coated; cleaned; loss compensation|
|9/01/1957||Treatment||coated; cleaned; loss compensation; repaired|
|10/26/1957||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/08/1969||Treatment||coated; loss compensation; other|
|9/14/1984||Examination||examined for condition|
|9/01/1985||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation|
|9/17/1985||Treatment||loss compensation; cleaned; coated; re-housed; other|
|2/01/1987||Treatment||coated; loss compensation; repaired|
|3/09/2011||Examination||examined 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
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