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The Adoration of the Magi
Osona, Francisco de; Osona, Rodrigo de
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Osona, Francisco de
Valencia (Spain), 1465 - Valencia, 1514
Osona, Rodrigo de
Valencia (Spain), 1440 - Valencia, 1518

The Adoration of the Magi

1490. Oil on panel.
Not on display

The Virgin Mary sits beside Saint Joseph, holding the newborn Jesus in her lap, while king Melchior kisses the baby´s foot and Casper and Balthasar place their presents on a tray. The idyllic landscape and the architecture typical of northern European cities, as well as the composition, bluish-grey color scheme and hieratic figures clothed in robes with stiff folds, recall the Spanish-Flemish style in which Rodrigo was trained, and which his brother, Francisco, absorbed from him. The detail of Gaspar placing the goblet on a small round table is taken from Dirk Bouts. There are also evident similarities with works by Bartolomé Bermejo, who was active in Valencia in the late 1460s.

This work is a companion to Nativity (P2834), which is also in the Prado Museum collection. They probably come from the main altarpiece in the church of Santa María de Alicante.

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Osona, Francisco de; Osona, Rodrigo de
The Adoration of the Magi
Height: 78 cm; Width: 46 cm
Gonzalo Rodríguez, 1937; Junta de Incautación y Protección del Tesoro Artístico, 1937; Servicio de Defensa del Patrimonio Artístico Nacional, 1941

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 475.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº 1719.

Other inventories +

Junta Delegada de Incautación, Protección y Salvamento del Tesoro Artístico. Núm. 19643-1.

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1719.

Inscriptions +

F 10890 ( Número de fotografía de la Junta Delegada de Protección y Conservación del Tesoro Artístico Nacional)
Inscribed with chalk. Rear

Exhibitions +

Bartolomé Bermejo
14.02.2019 - 19.05.2019

Bartolomé Bermejo
09.10.2018 - 27.01.2019

Update date: 27-01-2023 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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