The Adoration of the Kings

The central panel from a triptych: the other two kings are presumed to have been on the missing shutters. The figures on the right in the background are likely to be part of the procession following the kings to the stable. The elaborate classical-style architecture and the effects of distance are characteristic of the work of Netherlandish artists of this period.

This is a copy of the 16th century but it may not have come from the workshop of Joos van Cleve himself. There are several versions, one of which is said to have the initials J.B., a supposed signature of Joos van Cleve.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1511; died 1541/2
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings
Date made
probably 1525-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
66.7 × 55.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery