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The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1588 - 1648

  • etching, paper
  • 161 x 172 mm
  • Inv. 2014-JE

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The three kings offer gifts to the Christ child. The scene is depicted in an octagonal frame with medallions with Latin texts in four corners, referring to the areas from which the kings travelled with their gifts. The text below the frame also refers to the worship and valuables such as gold and myre that the kings took with them (Matthew 2).


Jan-Baptist Barbé RKD
Antwerp 1578 - Antwerp 1649

Pieter II de Jode RKD
Antwerp 1606 - England 1674

Theodoor Galle RKD
Antwerp 1571 - Antwerp 1633

Title The Adoration of the Magi
Date ca. 1588 - 1648
Period 16th century
17th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction: Reges/ Tharis/ et Insv/ lae mvne/ ra offe/ rent. Psal. 71; Reges/ Arabum/ et Saba/ Dona Ad-/ducent./ Psal. 71; Omnes/ de Saba/ Venient./ Isai. 60; Avrum et Thvs/ defeten-/ tes. Isai. 60.
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: P. de Iode figvravit; I.B. Barbe sculp.; Theodor. Galle exud.
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: 7
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: Procidentes adorauerunt cum; et apertis thesauris suis/ obtulerunt ei munera, aurum, thus, et myrrham. Matth.2.
inscription on the reverse: 75
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2014-JE
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D21 Christ-child (with attributes) 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
11H(JOSEPH) the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure 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
41D266 ornaments, jewels Iconclass
41D2665 brooch, agraffe, clasp Iconclass
41D2666 diadem, tiara Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
44B191 crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass
46A1632 money-chest, treasure-chest, money-box Iconclass
47I2271 stall, stable Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) 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
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