The theme of the adoration of the Magi was one of the most popular among the Antwerp Mannerists. It presented an excellent opportunity to exhibit the colourful costumes of the foreign Magi and the wealth of their gifts.
The Adoration of the Magi or Adoration of the Kings is the name traditionally given to the subject in the Nativity of Jesus in art in which the three Magi, represented as kings, especially in the West, having found Jesus by following a star, lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and worship him.
Private collection, Switzerland;
Dobiaschofsky, Switzerland, 2013;
Art Dealer P. de Boer, Amsterdam;
Private collection, The Netherlands.
Ludwig Meyer, Arthistorical Archives, Munich, dd 4 Oct. 2012, attributed this painting to the Antwerp studios of Joos van Cleve (1475/95 – 1540/41) and studio Joachim Patinir (1475/80 – 1524). According to Ludwig Meyer this is the centre part of a triptych. In his opinion the landscape part was done by a painter that worked in Patinir’s studio and the figures by someone in Joos van Cleve’s studio. He thinks that this composition is one of the finest that ever came out of the Antwerp School.