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.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1456 - 1515/16
Full title
The Adoration of the Kings
Date made
perhaps about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
238.8 x 210.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery