The Adoration of the Kings

In addition to the Adoration of the Kings, the shepherds are also present. This painting is a display of minute observation, from a woman with a baby conversing with a man on horseback at the left, to the still life of carpenter's tools in the lower right.

The black king and his elaborate boat-shaped container are inspired by the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the artist's father. Artists' drawings and templates for paintings were often handed down from father to son. This is one of the earliest of a series of similar compositions by Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Key facts

Artist dates
1568 - 1625
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings
Date made
Medium and support
Bodycolour on vellum
32.9 x 48 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Alfred A. de Pass, 1920
Inventory number
Location in Gallery