The Adoration of the Kings, and Christ on the Cross

The Three Kings have journeyed from the East to seek out the Child Jesus in the stable. They bear gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. New Testament (Matthew 2: 10-12). On the right Christ is shown on the cross at his Crucifixion.

This is possibly a fragment of a predella; or perhaps a small complete picture. A predella is a long horizontal structure supporting the main panels of an altarpiece commonly decorated with diminutive images of saints or with narratives of their lives.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1445; died 1496
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings, and Christ on the Cross
Date made
about 1465-75
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
37.5 x 49.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1901
Inventory number
NG1843
Location in Gallery