Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart), 'The Adoration of the Kings'

Signatures and inscriptions

Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart)
NG2790
The Adoration of the Kings
Oil on oak panel, 179.8 x 163.2 cm, painted surface approximately 177.2 x 161.8 cm

Signatures

NG2790 is signed in two places: once on the collar of the black king’s black attendant, IENNIN GOSS... (fig.1); a second time on the black king’s hat, IENNI/ GOSSART: DEMABV... (fig.2: the A in GOSSART is unlike the other A; the reason is not obvious).

Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.1 Detail from NG2790, Gossart's signature on the black attendant's collar
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Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.2 Detail from NG2790, Gossart’s signature on Balthasar's hat
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Inscriptions

On the black king’s hat: BALTAZAR (fig.3).
Near the hem of the scarf held by the black king: SALV[E]/ REGINA/ MIS[ERICORDIAE]/ V:IT[A DULCEDO ET SPES NOSTRA] (Hail, Queen of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope) (fig.4).
On the scroll held by the second angel from the left: Gloria:in:excelcis:deo: (Glory to God in the highest) (fig.5).
On the object at the Virgin’s feet, which is the lid of the chalice presented by the eldest king: [L]E ROII IASPAR (the king Caspar: fig.6).

Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.4 Detail from NG2790, the inscription on Balthasar's scarf
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Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.3 Detail from NG2790, the other inscription on Balthasar's hat
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Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.6 Detail from NG2790, the inscription on the lid of the chalice
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Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings
fig.5 Detail from NG2790, the inscription on the angel's scroll
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