The Adoration of the Kings

Guided by a star, the Three Kings journeyed to Bethlehem to honour the new-born Jesus. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. New Testament (Matthew 2: 2-12). Formerly catalogued as Ferrarese School, and then as North Italian, this painting has now been given to Girolamo da Carpi, who trained in Ferrara. A copy and another version are known.

Key facts

Artist dates
1501 - 1556
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings
Date made
probably about 1545-50
Medium and support
Oil on wood
44.2 x 32.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery