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Triptych with the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi and the Nativity with Angels and Shepherds
Coecke van Aelst, Pieter
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Coecke van Aelst, Pieter

Aalst (Belgium), 1502 - Brussels, 1550

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Triptych with the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi and the Nativity with Angels and Shepherds

1525 - 1550. Oil on panel.
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This triptych shows The Adoration of the Magi on its central panel, with The Annunciation on the left door and The Adoration of the Angels and Shepherds on the right. Each scene takes place in a different space, unlike triptychs from earlier periods, where the landscape could be the same on all panels. The figures are dressed in luxurious clothing and the renaissance architecture stands out thanks tovboth Coecke´s studies with Barend van Orley, and the theoretical knowledge he gained from Sebastiano Serlio´s Treatise on Architecture —he was its translator— as well as his own texts on artistic and architectural subjects. A good example of his interest in renaissance art is the portico he uses as the setting for The Adoration of the Magi. It is repeated in various works linked to Coecke´s workshop. The movement of the clothes and hair, used to accentuate a growing dynamism, are characteristic of this artist´s work.

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Coecke van Aelst, Pieter
Triptych with the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi and the Nativity with Angels and Shepherds
1525 - 1550
Alto con marco: 89.9 cm; Ancho con marco: 156.2 cm
Bequest of Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916

Bibliography +

Marlier, Georges, La Renaissance flamande: Pierre Coeck d'Alost, Robert Finck, Bruselas, 1966, pp. 127,130,134,136,138,159,236.

Bermejo Martínez, Elisa, Pinturas inéditas de Pieter Coecke, conservadas en España, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, LIV, 1981, pp. 113-141.

Hoste, O., Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550). Leven en werk. Kritische studie, Brujas, 1986.

Hand, J.O. (ed.), The Age of Bruegel. Netherlandish Drawings in the Sixteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, Washington, 1986, pp. 114-119.

Guillaume, Jean (ed.), ‘Pieter Coecke et l’introduction des traités d’architecture aux Pays-Bays’ en ''Les Traités d'Architecture de la Renaissance'' actes du colloque tenu à Tours 1981, Picard, Paris, 1988, pp. 443-452.

Silva Maroto, Pilar, Pintura flamenca de los siglos XV y XVI: guía, Museo del Prado, Aldeasa, Madrid, 2001, pp. 214.

Cleland, Elizabeth A.H. (ed.), Grand design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance tapestry, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Distributed by Yale University Press, 2014.

Van Eyck, Elisabeth, Wings and links. Nouvelles hypothèses sur la production de retables anversois des années 1530-1540 à partir du proupe dénomé autrefois 'Moreau', Bulletin Institut royal du patrimoine artistique IRPA, 35, 2016-2018, pp. 63-105 [94-95 f.34b y f.35b].

Pérez Preciado, J.J, '«Antes morir que discutir». Sobre las atribuciones históricas de lapintura neerlandesa antigua en el Museo del Prado (1912-33)', Boletín del Museo del Prado., XXXVII 55-57, 2019-2021, pp. 190-211 [197, 206].

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1451.
''AUTOR = Idem Idem Idem/ 1451. Asunto = Adoración de los Reyes. (tabla)/ DIimensiones = Alto = 0,81 Ancho = 0,67''

Update date: 03-02-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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