Of the six panels preserved from the 16th century polyptych from the Convento de Santa Maria de Celas, it is this one that displays the most obvious common characteristic: the exhaustive reliance on gold leaf in the halo and the realistic portrayal of contemporary goldsmithery. The concentration of figures in a reduced space, the treatment of the garments and the anatomies, inclusively the faces, and especially the eyes, all reveal this to be a work from the Coimbra workshop founded by Vicente Gil at the end of the previous century.


  • Title: The Adoration of the Magi
  • Creator: Manuel Vicente
  • Date Created: 16th cent., 1st quarter
  • Location Created: Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 96 cm x 69 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Photo: DGPC/ADF - Photographic Documentation Archive
  • Medium: Oil painting on wood

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