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Balthasar of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group

Date:
before 1489
Geography:
Made in Swabia, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Poplar, paint and gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 64 1/2 in., 68lb. (163.8 cm, 30.8kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1952
Accession Number:
52.83.3
  • Description

    These three kings (see 52.83.1–.3) along with a seated Virgin and Child formed the central shrine of a large altarpiece with painted wings. The attenuated, elegant figures and the broad drapery patterns are characteristic of Late Gothic sculpture in Swabia. The Virgin and Child are still in the convent for which the altar was made, and the two painted wings - representing, on the outer sides, the Annunciation and the Visitation and, on the inner sides, the Birth and Dormition of the Virgin - are in the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. One of the wings is dated 1489 and bears the name of the donatrix, Margarethe, daughter of the margrave Karl I of Baden and abbess of Lichtenthal from 1477 until her death in 1496.

  • Provenance

    From the high altar of the Cistercian abbey, Lichtenthal, near Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg; Dutch or German Private Collection ; [ Sotheby's, London (July 28, 1939, no. 103) ] ; [ John Hunt , Ireland (1939–sold 1952)]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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