Adoration of the Magi


Datos principales

1629 h.
124 x 104,5 cm.

Esquema relacional

The number of paintings executed by Zurbarán's assistants was high due to the large demand for the artist's work in Seville. This painting was by his workshop and is possibly better constructed spatially than those by Zurbarán although it lacks the expressive vibrancy that the master gave his figures. The assistant responsible for painting the fabric of the Magi' robes has imitated the sumptuousness and colouring of Zurbarán's work as we can see if we compare this image with the master's Virgin saints or incense bearing angels. The scene of the Epiphany tells of how the Baby Jesus was shown to the Three Kings who came to pay homage to him. The episode symbolises the arrival of Jesus in the world as each of the kings represented one of the continents of the known world: Africa, Asia and Europe. The centre of the composition depicts the adoration of the Child by the eldest king with the rest of the figures in a discrete second plane, which is even more accentuated in the case of Saint Joseph, whose role only started to be considered important at the beginning of the 17th century. The composition is traditional and is very similar to the one used in the Adoration of the Magi Zurbarán painted at the end of the 1630s for the Cartuja of Jerez.



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