National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Adoration of the Magi Juan de Flandes (artist)
Hispano-Flemish, active 1496 - 1519
The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1508/1519
oil on panel
painted surface: 124.7 x 79 cm (49 1/8 x 31 1/8 in.) overall (panel): 126 x 82 cm (49 5/8 x 32 5/16 in.) framed: 143.2 x 99.7 x 10.7 cm (56 3/8 x 39 1/4 x 4 3/16 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 2 of 6

Conservation Notes

The panel was cradled and the painting cleaned and restored in 1953/1954 in the same manner as the Annunciation, 1961.9.22. Although the edges of the panel were probably planed slightly to neaten them, the panel retains its unpainted margins. The lower margin has been trimmed somewhat, however. The panel has four vertical members and was originally prepared in the same way as 1961.9.22. However, x-radiographs of this painting and The Baptism of Christ made before they were cradled show that the horizontal battens had already been removed, though the nail holes are still visible. A broad brush underdrawing is visible with infrared reflectography, particularly in the face of the Virgin, the body of the Christ Child, and the face of the kneeling magus. A point and radiating circles incised into the ground indicate that the aureole around the star was made with a compass. The painting is in good condition. There are numerous small local losses throughout, as well as a larger loss through the nose of the Christ Child and more general abrasion along the top and bottom edges.

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