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Follower of Pieter Coecke van Aelst the Elder

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  • Pieter Coecke van Aelst the Elder
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • oil on panel, shaped top


Private collection, Barcelona, by 1996 (as Pieter Coecke van der Aelst).


E. Bermejo, 'Pinturas inéditas del siglo XVI: Benson, Pieter Coecke y el maestro del hijo pródigo', in Archivo Español de Arte, no. 275, 1996, pp. 253–62, reproduced p. 254, fig. 6 (as Pieter Coecke van Aelst).

Catalogue Note

Most probably originally the central panel of a triptych. Bermejo's essay (see Literature) argues for the composition developing out of van Aelst's Adoration of the Magi, now in the Prado (inv. no. 2223), which is itself based on a picture by the artist's father-in-law Jan van Dornicke (circa 1470–1527), now in a private collection, Paris.1 The main differences to the aforementioned pictures are the bringing of all three Magi into the foreground; the direct contact between the kneeling Magi and the Christ child, and the representation of the Virgin without a veil. Bermejo suggests a date of 1533–35.
1. See under Literature., p. 256, reproduced figs. 7 and 8.