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Bartholomaeus Spranger, The Adoration of the Kings

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Full title The Adoration of the Kings
Artist Bartholomaeus Spranger
Artist dates 1546 - 1611
Date made about 1595
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 199.8 × 143.7 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1970
Inventory number NG6392
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Adoration of the Kings
Bartholomaeus Spranger

The three kings present their gifts to the infant Christ and the Virgin Mary, against a background of deep and elaborate architectural perspective.

The Adoration may have been painted as an altarpiece for the chapel of the castle in Geyersw├Ârth (Bamberg), which was renovated between 1583 and 1597. At this period Spranger was working as court painter for the Emperor Rudolph in Prague, as the extended signature of this picture proclaims.

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