The Adoration of the Kings
This painting is part of the group: The Liesborn Altarpiece

This fragment shows two kneeling kings, one of whom offers the golden cup, paying homage to the Christ Child who rests on his mother's lap. The scene appears to be set in a ruined stable before a landscape; the wall and a path can be seen at the left.

This is one of three surviving fragments of the original 'Adoration', one of the panels of the Liesborn Altarpiece, see 'The Annunciation'by the same artist for details. The other two fragments, showing a third king before a landscape and another male figure (Joseph?), are in the Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active second half of the 15th century
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings
Group
Date made
probably 1470-80
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
23.2 x 38.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
NG258
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Liesborn Altarpiece

Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'The Annunciation'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'The Presentation in the Temple'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Head of Christ Crucified'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Saints John the Evangelist, Scholastica and Benedict'
Painting
Master of Liesborn
probably 1470-80
Master of Liesborn: 'Saints Cosmas and Damian and the Virgin'
Painting
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?)
about 1520
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?): 'The Coronation of the Virgin'
Painting
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?)
about 1520
Master of Cappenberg (Jan Baegert?): 'Christ before Pilate'