The Adoration of the Magi

Public Domain

Artist(s) / maker(s)

Maerten de Vos (after)
Hieronymus Wierix (engravers (printmakers))




16th century
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.

More about this work

Artist(s) / maker(s) Maerten de Vos VIAF RKD Wikidata, Hieronymus Wierix VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type burin engraving
Category prints (visual works) AAT
Material paper
Dimensions 229 x 144 mm
Location Work currently not on display
Object number 2014-H
Subjects religious symbolism AAT, figures (representations) , landscapes , cityscapes (representations)
Tags New Testament Iconclass, Christ Iconclass, Christ-child (with attributes) Iconclass, the Virgin Mary Iconclass, Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child Iconclass, the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools Iconclass, Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in front of her, standing in her lap (or in front of her bosom) Iconclass, plants (in general) Iconclass, trees Iconclass, city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass, prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass, landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass, (high) hill Iconclass, male sex; man Iconclass, kneeling figure Iconclass, standing figure Iconclass, female sex; woman Iconclass, sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass, postures and gestures of arms and hands in relation to each other Iconclass, bringing gifts; exchanging gifts Iconclass, crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, housing Iconclass, civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass, urban housing Iconclass, incense-burner ~ scents, perfumes Iconclass, head-gear Iconclass, veil Iconclass, ornaments, jewels Iconclass, brooch, agraffe, clasp Iconclass, diadem, tiara Iconclass, purse, money-bag Iconclass, private soldier Iconclass, container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass, container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass, container of precious metal (+ metal) Iconclass, container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass, the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass, casting weapons Iconclass, crown (symbol of sovereignty) Iconclass, helmet Iconclass, money-chest, treasure-chest, money-box Iconclass, riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass, horse Iconclass, hoofed animals: dromedary Iconclass, fortifications, military engineering Iconclass, fortified city Iconclass, city-gate Iconclass, landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass, water (one of the four elements) Iconclass, moat ~ fortified city Iconclass, architectural detail Iconclass, names of cities and villages (BETHLEHEM) Iconclass, adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ's birth Iconclass, adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh) Iconclass, (later life of) Melchior, the bearded 'Asian' king Iconclass, (later life of) Caspar, the youthful 'European' king Iconclass, (later life of) Balthasar, the 'African' (negro) king Iconclass, art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie - EN

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