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Adoration of the Magi
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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 Reportexamined for technical study
6/01/1986Technical Reportother
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

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1540-1549 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
H: 39 1/2 x W: 54 in. (100.3 x 137.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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