Pieter Aertsen 1507/08 – 1575

Adoration of the Magi

oil on panel (168 × 179 cm) — c. 1560 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Pieter Aertsen biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:11

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Central panel of a triptych. The figures are arranged in a triangular manner. All of them look at the child, which helps the spectator to find the main subject.

Research has shown that parts were sawn off at the top, right and bottom. Obviously the panel used to be larger, probably as high as the lefthand panel.

The righthand panel is lost. It probably showed the third of the three magi.

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