The Adoration of the Magi

Object Details

Title:

The Adoration of the Magi

Artist/Maker(s):

Boucicaut Master and Workshop (French, active about 1390 - 1430)

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1415 - 1420

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 20.5 x 14.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

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Three sumptuously robed kings arrive from the East to present gifts to the newborn "King of the Jews." The anonymous illuminator of this miniature showed the three kings in successive stages of approach to the Christ child. The oldest, closest to the child, has already removed his crown and kneels before Jesus and Mary. The next is in the process of removing his crown and is starting to kneel. The last--the youngest--still stands and wears his crown. By showing the kings in this way, the illuminator created an image that fully presented the Adoration, from the arrival of the kings to the bestowing of the gifts. This treatment creates the impression of a formal ceremony of presentation entirely in keeping with the taste for courtly ceremony in the art of the 1400s.

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Exhibitions
Illuminated French Manuscripts of the Later Middle Ages (October 20, 1987 to January 3, 1988)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 20, 1987 to January 3, 1988
The International Style: Courtly Art Around the Year 1400 (October 24, 1994 to January 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
French Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages (August 3 to September 26, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 3 to September 26, 1999
Illuminating Color (May 22 to August 26, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 22 to August 26, 2001