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    Sale 7542

    Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World

    26 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI

    VENETO-CRETAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI
    VENETO-CRETAN, 16TH CENTURY
    In the centre of the composition the newborn Christ, nude, with a radiating halo, laying in a manger, his Mother kneeling over him, her hands extended in prayer, Joseph behind her, gazing at Christ and resting on his staff, their haloes defined by golden rims, a shepherd with pipes kneeling on the left, his head bowed in adoration of the Child, another behind him raising his face and hat to Heaven, the ox and ass behind Christ, the scene taking place in a barn, painted naturalistically mostly with browns, maroons and complimentary greens, set in a carved gilt wood frame, shaped like an arch, with floral decoration in relief, flanked by two stylised columns
    24.2 x 29.5 cm (61½ x 75 cm) including the frame


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    The reverse bearing a Russian seal; the depiction of the bird and the canon on the upper sections might suggest a relation to the Princes of Smolensk.

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    Saleroom Notice

    The correct title of the represented subject is 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' and not 'The Adoration of the Magi' as stated in the catalogue.