Melchior of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20

These three kings (see 52.83.1–.3) along with a seated Virgin and Child formed the central shrine of a large altarpiece with painted wings. The attenuated, elegant figures and the broad drapery patterns are characteristic of Late Gothic sculpture in Swabia. The Virgin and Child are still in the convent for which the altar was made, and the two painted wings - representing, on the outer sides, the Annunciation and the Visitation and, on the inner sides, the Birth and Dormition of the Virgin - are in the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. One of the wings is dated 1489 and bears the name of the donatrix, Margarethe, daughter of the margrave Karl I of Baden and abbess of Lichtenthal from 1477 until her death in 1496.

#77. Melchior of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group

Melchior of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group, Poplar, paint and gilt, German

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