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The Adoration of Magi: M.3-1980

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Titles

The Adoration of Magi

Maker(s)

Uncertain Unidentified (Production)

Description

Alabaster, carved in high relief, with traces of dark blue paint, and gilding. Almost square. The figures, dressed in sixteenth century costume, are grouped in an architectural setting with a vault over them. In the centre of the vault is a star surrounded by five cherub's heads, flanked by groups of a single angel and three angels reading. There are traces of blue paint in the vault. Below on the left, the Virgin sits on a cushion on a small trunk holding out the standing Christ Child on her left knee. Joseph stands behind her holding a string of beads (a rosary?). An elderly bearded and bareheaded King kneels to the right of the Virgin, holding out a covered vase to the Child. A second bearded King, stands behind him holding a covered cup, and a third, clean-shaven and more youthful stands on the extreme right holding a covered cup. In the spandrels at the top there are groups of leaves. The initials 'A.H. are carved by the Virgin's foot.
Note: Fragment in box in Small Store Case 4/A [08.05.19]

Notes

History note: Purchased from R. van de Broeck, Brussels

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cunliffe, Leverton Harris and Marlay Funds, with contributions from the Regional Fund administered through the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Eranda Foundation.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 20 cm
Height: 78.5 cm
Width: 68.5 cm

Relative size of this object

68.5 cm78.5 cm20 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Malines ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1980) by Broeck, R. van de

Dating

Mid-16th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1540

Note

By 'A.H.'

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of gold ( leaf? needs checking) blue pigment

Materials used in production

Alabaster

Techniques used in production

Carving : Alabaster carved in high relief with traces of blue paint and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A.H.
  • Location: By Virgin's foot
  • Method of creation: Carved
  • Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1980
Primary reference Number: 31321
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_3_1980
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Relief" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/31321 Accessed: 2021-11-27 15:09:21

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