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The Adoration of the Magi
  • TitleThe Adoration of the Magi
  • Dating 1600-talet
  • Technique/MaterialOil on panel
  • Dimensions76 x 64,5 cm
  • AcquisitionGift of Gustaf Werner, 1923
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 0745
  • Display StatusOn display in The Rembrandt Room (Room 8)
Exhibition History
The Adoration of the Magi is most likely a copy, made by a member of Rembrandt’s circle, of a lost original painted by Rembrandt soon after he moved to Amsterdam in 1631. The motif is from the biblical story of how three wise men, guided by a star, pay their respects to the newborn infant Jesus in a humble stable. In Rembrandt’s paintings from this time, there are noticeable influences from both Rubens and the so-called Utrecht school’s use of light to create intense drama. The question of who the originator is has been the subject of much discussion in regard to Rembrandt, since he throughout his career accepted pupils. The art historian Svetlana Alpers claims that the studios of Rembrandt and other artists at this time primarily were workshops that produced works in the master’s style, not necessarily painted by the master himself, whose signature was considered more like a trademark.