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Vincenzo Foppa: 'The Adoration of the Kings'

The Three Kings journeyed to Bethlehem to honour the new-born Jesus. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The stable is set among ruins; this setting is probably intended to suggest that the new Christian order was born out of the decay of the old pagan order.

This painting has some similarities with a drawing assigned to Foppa in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; this in turn has some connection with an engraving of 1502 by Giovanni Maria da Brescia.