Saturday, December 21, 2019

01 Work, Interpretation of the bible, With Footnotes - 184

Austrian School, circa 1480
The Adoration of the Magi
oil on panel
131.5 x 99.2cm (51 3/4 x 39 1/16in).
Private collection

The Adoration of the Magi (anglicized from the Matthean Vulgate Latin section title: A Magis adoratur) is the name traditionally given to the subject in the Nativity of Jesus in art in which the three Magi, represented as kings, especially in the West, having found Jesus by following a star, lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and worship him. The Adoration of the Magi

North of the European Alps an artistic, literary, and philosophical movement grew that was influenced by the spread of the Italian Renaissance's art and ideas.

The present altarpiece is very close in style to the so-called Master of the Habsburgs. 

From around 1803 due to widespread secularization large numbers of German monasteries lost thousands of altarpieces, stained glass and sculptures which were confiscated and then disposed of by local dukes and kings. More on Austrian School, circa 1480

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