The Adoration of the Magi, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Adoration of the Magi
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Martin Schongauer

The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1470

From the ‘Life of Mary’


Blatt
258 x 170 mm
Darstellung
255 x 168 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33708
Object Number
33708 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1844
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Guided by the star of Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men and their retinue have reached the ruin we saw in the Nativity (33706). As described in the Gospel of Matthew, they present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They represent the three ages of life. Schongauer was a master at depicting widely differing textures—for example the velvet mantle of the kneeling king—with the means offered him by engraving.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Adoration of the Magi
From the ‘Life of Mary’
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: M+S [S punziert]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet (mit Bleistift): B. 6
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Kleiner Ochsenkopf mit Stange und Stern
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XLIX.27.6 II (von IV)
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.006
  • Lehrs V.56.6 (⁎⁎⁎) I (von III)
  • Bartsch VI.122.6

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1844

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73B2 adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ's birth
  • 73B57 adoration of the kings: the Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ-child (gold, frankincense and myrrh)
  • 11F4 Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child
  • 73B281 the ox and the ass at the manger ~ Christ's birth

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10.04.2024