European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Adoration of the MagiMade in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe
Bernard van Orley, Netherlandish (active Brussels), c. 1488 - 1542
Oil on panel
Cat. 400John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelBernard van Orley was the court painter of Margaret of Austria, who was regent of the Netherlands and guardian of the future emperor Charles V. Van Orley had traveled to Rome and was acclaimed for his use of classical motifs. In this instance, the three kings or wise men visit the humble manger of the Christ Child in the midst of fantastic, imaginary architectural ruins.
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