Large Adoration of the Magi

Cleve, Joos van (c. 1485-1540/41) | Painter
Cleve, Joos van (c. 1485-1540/41) | Person(s) shown
Lazario Cattaneo, Oberto de (c. 1485-1540/41) | Person(s) shown


This altarpiece previously adorned a chapel of St Luke’s Church in Albaro near Genoa. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Genoese merchants were among the clients of the large painting workshops in the trading city of Antwerp. Van Cleve depicts the meeting between the Three Magi and the Holy Family with extraordinary narrative vitality. The splendid, fanciful garments, the rich colours, the highly detailed architecture and the landscape are typical of paintings in the Antwerp Mannerist style.

Material & Technique
Oil on oak panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1517/18
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 809 A