The Adoration of the Magi

Netherlandish (Antwerp Mannerist) Painter Netherlandish

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The Adoration of the Magi was a favorite theme in Antwerp Mannerist painting, which emerged in the first quarter of the sixteenth century and is characterized by its extravagant and theatrical style. Showing a preference for flamboyant gestures, elaborate costumes, and eccentric color effects, works such as the present picture were frequently mass-produced for sale on Antwerp’s open art market and for export to southern Europe. The setting, with the crumbling architecture and drawn curtain, here recalls the theatre, as does the stage-like arrangement of the elaborately dressed figures around the Virgin and Child.

The Adoration of the Magi, Netherlandish (Antwerp Mannerist) Painter (ca. 1520), Oil on wood

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