Manuscript Illumination with Adoration of the Magi
Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530)
Made in Ghent (?), Netherlands
Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchment
6 1/2 x 4 5/8in. (16.5 x 11.7cm)
Mat: 12 × 10 in. (30.5 × 25.4 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Not on view
In this page from a book of devotional prayers, the artist has superimposed an image of the Adoration in the unfolding story of the journey of the Magi to the stable in Bethlehem. In the background the Magi are depicted en route, while in the border below they appear before Herod. The painter of this miniature created manuscripts for European royalty, including James IV, king of Scotland, and Queen Isabella of Spain. He may be identified as Gerard Horenbout, who became a master in the painters’ guild of Ghent in 1487.
George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, NY (until 1935)
Priest, Alan. "Loans from the Collection of George D. Pratt." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 35, no. 12 (December 1940). pp. 237-238, ill. p. 238.
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Images: a Glimpse into the Symbolism and Reality of the Middle Ages. Katonah: Katonah Museum of Art, 1978. no. 42, pp. 14, 22.
Kren, Thomas, ed. Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from The British Library. 1st ed. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983. no. 8, pp. 63-68.
Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki: Iz sobraniĭ muze︠i︡a Metropoliten, Nʹ︠i︡u Ĭork i Khudozhestvennogo Instituta, Chikago. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 78, p. 13.
State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 78, pp. 162-163.
Artist: Master of James IV of Scotland (probably Gerard Horenbout) (South Netherlandish, active ca. 1485–1530)Date: ca. 1515Medium: Tempera, ink, and shell gold on parchmentAccession: 48.149.16On view in:Not on view