Studio of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550)
Studio of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550)

A Triptych: The Adoration of the Magi in the central compartment, the Nativity and the Flight into Egypt on the wings

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Studio of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550)
A Triptych: The Adoration of the Magi in the central compartment, the Nativity and the Flight into Egypt on the wings
oil on panel, shaped top
69.7 x 47.8 cm (central compartment); 71.3 x 21.2 cm and smaller (wings)
in the original frame
Provenance
According to a label on the reverse, the present lot was in the collection of J.E. Blankenheym, Rotterdam; thence by descent to Pauline van Lanschot-Fuchs, 1914; thence by descent to F.G. van Lanschot, 1975 and thence by descent to the present owner.

Lot Essay

The artist was the most succesful Antwerp painter in the first half of the 16th Century. The Adoration of the Magi was one of the most popular subjects, as it provided an opportunity to focus on the patterns on the rich garments of the Kings. As pointed out by G. Marlier, La Renaissance Flamande, Pierre Coeck D'Alost, 1966, p. 120, for the composition of these triptychs, Pieter Coecke van Aelst relied on his father-in-law Jan van Doornik. The composition of the present lot follows that by Van Doornik listed in a Parisian collection by Marlier (op.cit., p.127, fig.51).
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