The Adoration of the Magi

Manuel Vicente16th cent., 1st quarter

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Coimbra, Portugal

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.

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  • 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