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The Adoration of the Magi

After the center panel of a triptych in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (2048)

Copy after Hieronymus Bosch, Netherlandish (active Hertogenbosch), c. 1450 - 1516

Made in Europe

Early 16th century

Oil on panel

37 x 29 5/16 inches (94 x 74.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 354

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This version of the center panel of Bosch's renowned triptych The Adoration of the Magi, now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, shows the Magi bringing to the Christ Child fantastic gifts along with frankincense and myrrh. The mysterious crowned figure in the doorway, whose entire leg is exposed, may represent Satan or the Antichrist. The perspective and landscape in this version are more realistic than those of the Prado Museum's painting, and the proportions of the figures are more consistent, perhaps indicating that this work was from a slightly later period.

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