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The Adoration of the Magi, 1593

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 229 x 144 mm
  • Inv. 2014-H

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The Christ Child, seated on Mary's lap, is worshipped by the three Magi from the East who have positioned themselves in front of the Child with their gifts. In the background are the members of their retinue. Several elements of the scene are accompanied by letters corresponding to the legend in the margin.


Hieronymus Wierix RKD
Antwerp 1553 - Antwerp 1619
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Title The Adoration of the Magi
Date 1593
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription outside the depiction, top centre: Adoratio Magorum.
printed inscription outside the depiction, top centre: Matth. ij. Anno i.
printed inscription outside the depiction, top right: 7/ ix
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: L M M K
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: A A C E B
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: I H G
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: F D E
printed inscription: M. de Vos invent.
printed inscription in the depiction, centre right: Hieronymus W. Sculp.
printed inscription in the depiction, below: A. Bethlehem, quo iter habent Magi [...] M. Nuptiae in Cana Galilaeae.
inscription on the back, bottom right: 1
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-H
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D21 Christ-child (with attributes) Iconclass
11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11F4 Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child Iconclass
11F4211 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in front of her, standing in her lap (or in front of her bosom) 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
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F24(DROMEDARY) hoofed animals: dromedary Iconclass
25G1 plants (in general) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H113 (high) hill Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
25I1461 city-gate Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A252 postures and gestures of arms and hands in relation to each other Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
33A4 bringing gifts; exchanging gifts Iconclass
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A7711(+1) container of precious metal (+ metal) Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41C762 incense-burner ~ scents, perfumes Iconclass
41D221 head-gear Iconclass
41D2211 veil Iconclass
41D266 ornaments, jewels Iconclass
41D2665 brooch, agraffe, clasp Iconclass
41D2666 diadem, tiara Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
44B191 crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass
45B the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass
45C11 casting weapons Iconclass
45C19(SHIELD) protective weapons: shield Iconclass
45C221 helmet Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
45K1 fortifications, military engineering Iconclass
45K14 fortified city Iconclass
45K143 moat ~ fortified city Iconclass
46A1632 money-chest, treasure-chest, money-box Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48C16 architectural detail Iconclass
61E(BETHLEHEM) names of cities and villages (BETHLEHEM) 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 Renaissance AAT
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