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The Adoration of the Magi

  • oil paint, panel
  • 88.4 x 72.5 cm
  • Inv. 1950-A

Public Domain

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Several artists around 1500 continued to paint in the tradition of the Flemish Primitives, including Colijn de Coter who was particularly indebted to the Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden. His output, which mainly consisted of altarpieces, plays an important role in the transition from tradition to innovation. While the style of his paintings tends to be rather archaic with monumental figures, de Coter combines this with more innovative elements, namely a simpler technique, a more accurate rendering of perspective and a more decorative and formal treatment of the subject of his paintings. This painting, which depicts The Adoration of the Magi, is one of the few works in Flanders by this important Brussels painter


Colijn de Coter RKD
Brussels 1450 - 1455 - 1539 - 1540
painters (artists)AAT

Title The Adoration of the Magi
Period 15th century
16th century
Location Brussels TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription on the cloth behind the Virgin
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1950-A
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11F4211 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in front of her, standing in her lap (or in front of her bosom) Iconclass
11G angels Iconclass
11H(JOSEPH) the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools Iconclass
11Q71441 chalice Iconclass
25G1 plants (in general) Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H113 (high) hill Iconclass
25H214 lake Iconclass
33A4 bringing gifts; exchanging gifts Iconclass
41A381 loggia, verandah, porch Iconclass
41A43(TILED FLOOR) floor-covering (TILED FLOOR) Iconclass
41D26511 gold-thread embroidery Iconclass
41D266 ornaments, jewels Iconclass
41D2666 diadem, tiara Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
46C11 road, path Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13142 ass, donkey Iconclass
47I21111 ox Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73B2 adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ's birth Iconclass
73B57 adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh) Iconclass
73B591 (later life of) Melchior, the bearded 'Asian' king Iconclass
73B592 (later life of) Caspar, the youthful 'European' king Iconclass
73B593 (later life of) Balthasar, the 'African' (negro) king Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish AAT
Renaissance AAT
Colyn de Coter (Fonds Richard de Moor). - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.]
Degradation, conservation et restauration de l'oeuvre d'art / Roger Hendrik Marijnissen. - Bruxelles : Editions Arcade, 1967 (dl. 1, p. 477; dl. II, p. 72-73)
Early Netherlandish Painting / Max Julius Friedländer, Gerard Lemmens, Henri Pauwels. - Leyden : A.W. Sijthoff, 1967-1976 ; Brussels : La Connaissance, 1967-1976 (dl. 4, p. 84, nr. 103)
Colyn De Coter et la technique picturale des peintres flamands du XVe siècle / Catheline Perier-D'Ieteren. - Bruxelles : Lefebvre & Gillet, 1985 (p. 96-97, 209)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Robert Hoozee. - Brussel : Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, 1988 (p. 13, 16)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 69 (ill.))
Von Van Eyck bis Bruegel : Die frühen niederländischen Maler / Max Julius Friedländer. - Köln : Phaidon-Verlag, 1965
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