Adoration of the Magi

Object Name
Triptych
Artist/Maker
Flemish
Object Type
Ceremonial Artifacts
Date
c. 1500
Medium
boxwood or possibly pear
Credit Line
Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
S279
Location
Wallace Collection
Institution/Owner
Wallace Collection

Dimensions

Overall (height): 438mm (43.8 cm)

Description

Triptych interior: corpus: Adoration of the Magi; Left wing: Nativity with Annunciation to the Shepherds in the background; Right wing: Presentation, Flight into Egypt, Massacre of the Innocents;
Exterior: corpus: Abraham and the Angels; left wing: drunkenness of Noah, building the ark; Right wing: Jacob`s dream
Column: Temptation, Expulsion, Adam Digging, Eve Spinning, Cain and Abel
Base: Creation of the animals, Creation of Adam, Creation of Eve

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Carved Latin inscriptions:

CRESCITE ET MVLTIPLICAM [on base below creation of animals]

FACIA[MVS] HO[M]I[N]E[M] AD [IMA]GINE[M] [on base below creation of Adam]

PER H[OMO] ADHEREB[IT] VXOR[I] SV[AE] [on base below creation of Eve]

noe cum plantatasset vine[a]m bibens de vino in[e]briatus [on outside of right shutter - Genesis 9:20-21]

tres vidit et vnvm adoravit [on the outside back]

in bacvlo meo t[r]ansivi iordanem et cum tribus turmis refert [on outside of left shutter]

ET TV BETHLE[H]E[M] IVDA / NICLAES [inside left shutter - Matthew 2:6]

VIDEANTES STELLAM MAGI [centre]

TVAM IPSIVS A[N]I[M]AM PETRI [inside right shutter]

[source: Mann 1981]

NICLAES

[source: Wallace Collection site]

Published References

James Gow Mann, Wallace Collection Catalogues: Sculpture (London: The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, 1931 with supplement 1981, pp 103-105)

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 3

Provenance

Provenance
Charles Mannheim; bought by Sir Richard Wallace in Paris, October 5, 1871
Previous Owner(s)
M. Charles Mannheim

Subjects

Noah's Ark
Christianity
Massacre of the Innocents
Nativity
Adoration of the Magi
Creation of Adam
Creation of Eve
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
Flight into Egypt
The Temptation of Eve
Cain and Abel
The Creation of the Animals
Jacob's Ladder
Abraham and the Angels

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