Adoration of the Magi
(Abraham Janssens Van Nuyssen)


The present work is without doubt Janssen’s early masterpiece, and one of the most significant and influential paintings by the artist. The picture regrets the typical Netherlandish arrangement, for example that found in Pieter Bruegel the elder’s Adoration of the Magi, 1564.

107.5 x 211.3 cm
Oil on panel

Mm. S de M Vilila Sunrise, Knokke-Zoute, by 1932
Sale, Galerie Brugeoise, Bruges, Nov. 18/19, 1936 lot 361, as Annibale Carracci, to:
Fraeys de Veubecke, Bruges, to:
Madam de Veubecke, Bruges.
Sale, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, 13th Dec. 1956, lot 433 as Annibale Carracci, to:
Constant Mostaert, Roermond


Horst Gerson and E H ter Kuile Art & Architecture in Belgium 1600 to 1800 Harmondsworth, 1960 p. 180 note 12, incorrectly – due to a misreading of the monogram – as Abraham Bloemaert. J. Muller Hofstede ‘Abraham Janssens des Problematik des flamischen Caravaggismus, Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, vol XIII pages 212-14, 234-35, 258, note 152 illustrated p. 232, fig. 10, as Abraham Janssens.

Where is It?
Acquired through The Matthiesen Gallery by Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Germany
Historical Period
Baroque - 1600-1720
Netherlandish - Flemish
Price band
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