The Adoration of the Magi, Parmigianino
The Adoration of the Magi
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Nicolas Beatrizet: Anbetung der Könige, Kupferstich, 356 x 248 mm (Bartsch XV.235.13)


The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1527 – 1530

341 x 245 mm
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen (chalk?), brown washes, highlighted with white, on ribbed laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
402 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Work Data

Basic Information

The Adoration of the Magi
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen (chalk?), brown washes, highlighted with white, on ribbed laid paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit der Feder in Braun): Pamigi[anino] [unter UV-Licht sichtbar]; unten rechts: le Parmesan; verso bezeichnet oben links (mit der Feder in Braun): 24 [auf dem Kopf stehend]; unten links: a
Unten rechts Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer; verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Halbmond mit fünf Strahlen, darüber Kreuz [Bindedraht als Mittelachse]
Work Catalogues
  • Gnann I.456.660
  • Popham I.79.137

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Matthäus 2,1-11
Associated Source
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, 1. Petrusbrief 2,4-7


  • 73B57 adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Jacques Stella (1596 –1657), Paris
Claudine Bouzonnet Stella (1636–1697), Paris
Pierre Crozat (1665–1740), Paris
Nachlass Crozat, 1741
Verst. durch Pierre Jean Mariette, Paris an Jean de Jullienne (1686–1766), Paris, 10. April 1741
Nachlass Jullienne, 1766
Verst. durch Pierre Rémy, Claude François Julliot & Augustin Martin, Paris, 30. März 1767 an François Joullain (1697–1778), Paris
vlt. Destouches
vlt. Charles Paul Jean-Baptiste de Bourgevin Vialart de Saint-Morys (1743–1795), Paris und Hondainville
vlt. Pietro Antonio Martini (1738–1797)
vermutl. Guillaume Jean Constantin (1755–1816), Paris
Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Johann Friedrich Städel, 1816.


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