Friedrich Winkler. Die altniederländische Malerei: Die Malerei in Belgien und Holland von 1400–1600. Berlin, 1924, p. 114, describes the character of this picture as between [Dieric] Bouts and Hugo [van der Goes] and notes [erroneously?] that it was recently with Kleinberger in Paris.
Max J. Friedländer. "Dierick Bouts und Joos van Gent." Die altniederländische Malerei. 3, Berlin, 1925, pp. 84–86, 129, no. 101, pl. 83, as painted in Ghent, about 1466; mentions a compositionally related Epiphany in a private collection, Paris (no. 102, pl. 84, formerly collection Ernest Odiot).
Louis Demonts. "Essai sur Juste de Gand: À propos d'une "Adoration des Mages" et d'une "Mort de la Vierge"." Revue d'art 25 (January–June 1925), pp. 56–62, 65–66, 68–69, 72, ill. [same article published in Dutch in Onze Kunst, vol. 41, January–June 1925, pp. 51–70], notes that this picture belonged to Jacques Seligmann and came from the chapel of the dukes of Frías at Medina de Pomar near Burgos; comments on the unusual support and medium, observing that although few such works have survived, this medium was frequently employed in the Netherlands, and the Spanish climate may account for the picture's good state of preservation; observes that the Virgin receiving the Magi seated at the foot of a bed, and the rather unique three-legged table occur as well in an illumination in the Hortulus animae [Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, now generally attributed to Simon Bening]; mentions a related composition—a mediocre school work—in the Trevi museum; concludes that our picture must precede the "Communion of the Apostles" in the Urbino museum (Palazzo Ducale), and was produced at a time when Hugo's influence was greatest for the artist; sees the Christ child in Hugo's Virgin and Child in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, as the model for the child in our picture; suggests that the man in green wearing a red cap may be a portrait of Hugo van der Goes, and that the bearded figure at the extreme left could be a self-portrait.
Stella Rubinstein-Bloch. "Paintings—Early Schools." Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal. 1, Paris, 1926, unpaginated, pl. 46.
[Friedrich] Winkler in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 19, Leipzig, 1926, p. 354.
Otto Pächt. "Review of M. J. Friedländer, Dierick Bouts—Joos van Gent, 1925." Kritische Berichte 1–2 (1927–29), p. 49, rejects Friedländer's placement of this picture in Joos's Ghent years and is firmly convinced that it was painted in Italy after the "Communion of the Apostles".
Franz Dülberg. Niederländische Malerei der Spätgotik und Renaissance. Potsdam, 1929, p. 80.
[Hippolyte] Fierens-Gevaert and Paul Fierens. "La maturité de l'art flamand." Histoire de la peinture flamande des origines à la fin du XVe siècle. 3, Paris, 1929, p. 36.
Sidney P. Noe. "Flemish Primitives in New York." American Magazine of Art 21 (January 1930), pp. 34–35.
Chandler Rathfon Post. "The Hispano-Flemish Style in Northwestern Spain." A History of Spanish Painting. 4, Cambridge, Mass., 1933, part 1, p. 26, suggests that Joos van Gent and Hugo enjoyed the same popularity in Spain that they did in Italy, and mentions the Spanish provenance of our picture as evidence for this.
Hans Tietze. Meisterwerke europäischer Malerei in Amerika. Vienna, 1935, p. 333, pl. 133 [English ed., "Masterpieces of European Painting in America," New York, 1939, p. 318, pl. 133], as probably painted in 1466, or at least before 1468, in Ghent.
G. J. Hoogewerff. Vlaamsche kunst en Italiaansche Renaissance. Mechelen, [1935?], pp. 62–63, as painted before Joos went to Italy.
J[acques]. Lavalleye in "De vlaamsche schilderkunst tot ongeveer 1480." Geschiedenis van de vlaamsche kunst. Antwerp, 1936, p. 207, dates it 1464 or shortly thereafter.
Jacques Lavalleye. Juste de Gand: Peintre de Frédéric de Montefeltre. Louvain, 1936, pp. 79–81, pl. 6, as an early work, painted in the Netherlands; incorrectly describes the painting as a transfer to canvas.
Francis Henry Taylor. "The Blumenthal Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 36 (October 1941), p. 197.
Hulin de Loo. Pedro Berruguete et les portraits d'Urbin. [Brussels], 1942, pp. 15–16 n. 2.
Harry B. Wehle. "A Painting by Joos van Gent." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 2 (December 1943), pp. 133–36, ill. p. 137, and color detail on front cover.
Harry B. Wehle and Margaretta Salinger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Early Flemish, Dutch and German Paintings. New York, 1947, pp. 54–56, ill., date it 1467, shortly after the Crucifixion in St. Bavo's, Ghent, noting that "the awkwardly placed figures and their odd poses are signs of immaturity that disappear in works of his Italian period".
Ernest Lotthé. La pensée chrétienne dans la peinture flamande et hollandaise. Lille, 1947, vol. 1, pp. 74–75, pl. 40; vol. 2, p. 324.
Erwin Panofsky. Early Netherlandish Painting: Its Origins and Character. Cambridge, Mass., 1953, vol. 1, pp. 340–42, 503 n. 2 (to p. 341); vol. 2, pl. 292, calls it his earliest known picture; observes that the "three-legged coffee table" makes its first appearance in Dieric Bouts's Adoration in the Prado.
Leo van Puyvelde. La peinture flamande au siècle des van Eyck. Paris, 1953, pp. 239, 242, ill. (detail).
A. Hyatt Mayor. "The Gifts that Made the Museum." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (November 1957), p. 104, ill.
Jacques Lavalleye in Juste de Gand, Berruguete, et la cour d'Urbino. Exh. cat., Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent. Ghent, 1957, pp. 9, 14–15, 176, ill.
Paul Eeckhout. "Un peintre flamand a la cour d'Urbino, Juste de Gand." Jardin des arts 37 (November 1957), pp. 14, 16, ill.
Friedrich Winkler. "Dieric Bouts und Joos van Gent: Ausstellungen in Brüssel und Gent." Kunstchronik 11 (January 1958), p. 8.
Colin Eisler. "Juan de Flandes's Saint Michael and Saint Francis." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18 (December 1959), pp. 129, 131, ill.
Erik Larsen. Les primitifs flamands au Musée Metropolitain de New York. Utrecht, 1960, pp. 66, 117, fig. 15.
Jacqueline Folie in Flanders in the Fifteenth Century: Art and Civilization. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts Groeninge Museum. Detroit, 1960, pp. 113–16, no. 20, ill., observes that the motif of the Virgin seated on a bed holding the Christ Child also appears in the central panel of Dieric Bouts's "Pearl of Brabant" (Alte Pinakothek, Munich); notes that Juan Fernández de Velasco, sixth Duke of Frías and ambassador to England, travelled in Flanders around 1600, and the painting may have been acquired at this time.
Germain Seligman. Merchants of Art: 1880–1960, Eighty Years of Professional Collecting. New York, 1961, p. 127, pl. 136, as purchased by George Blumenthal from Germain Seligman in 1924, following Jacques Seligmann's death in 1923; notes that Berenson confirmed the attribution to Joos van Gent.
Karl Arndt. "Gerard Davids 'Anbetung der Könige' nach Hugo van der Goes." Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, 3rd ser., 12 (1961), p. 175 n. 88.
Paul Philippot. "La fin du XVème siècle et les origines d'une nouvelle conception de l'image dans la peinture des Pays-Bas." Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Bulletin 11 (March–June 1962), p. 10.
Henri Pauwels. Musée Groeninge: Catalogue. Exh. cat.Bruges, 1963, p. 65, sees a reflection of this picture in an Adoration in the Groeninge museum, Bruges, ascribed to an Antwerp master, first quarter of the 16th century; believes the Bruges picture is based on a lost Adoration by Joos van Gent.
Friedrich Winkler. Das Werk des Hugo van der Goes. Berlin, 1964, pp. 308–9.
Jacques Lavalleye. Le palais ducal d'Urbin [Les primitifs flamands, I. Corpus de la peinture des anciens pays-bas méridionaux au quinzième siècle, vol. 7]. Brussels, 1964, pp. 25–27, makes detailed formal comparisons between this picture and the Urbino "Communion of the Apostles".
Ursula Nilgen. "The Epiphany and the Eucharist: On the Interpretation of Eucharistic Motifs in Mediaeval Epiphany Scenes." Art Bulletin 49 (December 1967), pp. 315–16, fig. 15, remarks that the small table—usually circular—that appears frequently in 15th- and early 16th-century paintings, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, was intended to depict and symbolize the altar and thus the Eucharist; notes that by means of a wine glass and bread, Joos has clearly indicated the eucharistic importance of the table in our picture.
Ignace Vandevivere. La cathédrale de Palencia et l'église paroissiale de Cervera de Pisuerga [Les primitifs flamands I. Corpus de la peinture des anciens pays-bas méridionaux au quinzième siècle, vol. 10]. Brussels, 1967, p. 102, comments on similarities in our picture and an Adoration of the Magi in the parish church of Cervera de Pisuerga ascribed to Juan de Flandes.
Charles D. Cuttler. Northern Painting from Pucelle to Bruegel. New York, 1968, pp. 148–49, ill.
Max J. Friedländer et al. "Dieric Bouts and Joos van Gent." Early Netherlandish Painting. 3, New York, 1968, pp. 47–49, 74, no. 101, pl. 105.
Jan Bialostocki. "The Eye and the Window." Festschrift für Gert von der Osten. [Cologne], 1970, p. 167, comments on the reflection on the orb held by the Magus at the right.
Calvin Tomkins. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1970, p. 281 [rev., enl. ed., 1989].
Marilyn Aronberg Lavin. "Notes on the Iconography of Piero della Francesca's Fresco of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta before St. Sigismund . . ." Art Bulletin 56 (September 1974), p. 365 n. 99, observes that the column fragment on the top step is "symbolic, representing the Flagellation by its shape, which follows that of the relic in the Saint Zeno Chapel, Santa Prassede, Rome".
J. P. De Bruyn in Gent, duizend jaar kunst en cultuur: Muurschilderkunst, schilderkunst, tekenkunst, graveerkunst, beeldhouwkunst. Exh. cat., Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1, Ghent, 1975, p. 119.
Alfons W. Biermann. "Die Miniaturenhandschriften des Kardinals Albrecht von Brandenburg (1514–1545)." Aachener Kunstblätter 46 (1975), p. 122.
V. Denis. La peinture flamande 15e–16e–17e siècles. Brussels, 1976, p. 90.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, p. 193, fig. 355.
Paul Vandenbroeck. "Laatmiddeleeuwse doekschilderkunst in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden: Repertorium der nog bewaarde werken." Jaarboek van het Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (1982), pp. 30, 56.
Catheline Périer-d'Ieteren. "La technique picturale de la peinture flamande du XVe siècle." La pittura nel XIV e XV secolo: il contributo dell'analisi tecnica alla storia dell'arte (Atti del XXIV congresso internazionale di storia dell'arte, 3). Bologna, , p. 15.
James Snyder. Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, the Graphic Arts from 1350 to 1575. New York, 1985, pp. 165–66, calls it "Boutsian".
Paul H. D. Kaplan Boston University. The Rise of the Black Magus in Western Art. Ann Arbor, Mich., 1985, pp. 113, 278 n. 77, observes that the "swarthy but not African" Magi in Rogier van der Weyden's Bladelin and Columba altarpieces (respectively Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, and Alte Pinakothek, Munich) are imitated here by Joos.
Ignace Vandevivere. Juan de Flandes. Exh. cat., Memlingmuseum. Bruges, 1985, pp. 44, 46, ill. (detail).
Ignace Vandevivere. Juan de Flandes. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. [Madrid], 1986, p. 61, sees in our picture a model for the group of Balthazar and his servant in Juan's Adoration of the Magi in Palencia (Iglesia de Santa María del Castillo).
Introduction by James Snyder in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Renaissance in the North. New York, 1987, pp. 10, 30–32, ill. (color).
Diane Wolfthal. "The Technique of Early Netherlandish Canvases." Le dessin sous-jacent dans la peinture. Colloque 6, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1987, p. 86.
Colin Eisler. "What Takes Place in the Getty Annunciation?" Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 111 (March 1988), p. 193, observes that "paintings on linen were sometimes varnished at a later date to make them resemble costlier images," as was true for this picture.
Hans J. van Miegroet. Gerard David. Antwerp, 1989, pp. 43, 46, 78, 90 n. 33, ill. (color), compares the pose of the attendant in white at the far left of our picture with the armed figure of Abraham in Dieric Bouts's representatioin of Abraham and Melchizedek in his altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament in Louvain [Sint Pieterskirk], observing that this awkward gesture "formed part of the artistic stock in trade in Ghent in the 1470s"; also sees a relationship between the gestures of the kneeling king, Saint Joseph, and the Christ Child with those of comparable figures in the Adoration of the Magi from a "Davidian" book of hours of 1486 (Escorial, Madrid, fig. 73).
Diane Wolfthal. The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas Painting: 1400–1530. Cambridge, 1989, pp. 23, 25, 32–34, 41–42, 204–5, nn. 1–6 to cat no. 5, no. 5, figs. 19, 23, 26, 39, 45, 62, 63 (overall, details, and reverse), notes that "the rudimentary composition and awkward features, such as the relationship of Joseph's legs to the bed, suggest that this an early work by Joos, perhaps even earlier than his Crucifixion triptych in Ghent".
Robert A. Koch, Selected by Guy C. Bauman, and Walter A. Liedtke, Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, pp. 70–71, no. 14, ill. (color).
Paul Eeckhout. "Hugo van der Goes et le mythe de Joos van Wassenhove." Bulletin des Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (1992–93), pp. 20, 30–31, 33, ill.
Paul Philippot. La peinture dans les anciens pays-bas, XVe–XVIe siècles. Paris, 1994, pp. 46–47, 289, ill.
Hans Belting and Christiane Kruse. Die Erfindung des Gemäldes: Das erste Jahrhundert der niederländischen Malerei. Munich, 1994, pp. 222–23, pls. 162–63, date it about 1468; consider it likely that Juan Fernando de Velasco, 6th Duke of Frías, acquired the picture when he was in Flanders about 1600.
Paul Eeckhout in Les primitifs flamands et leur temps. Louvain-la-Neuve, 1994, pp. 422–23, ill., ascribes our Adoration to Hugo van der Goes and rejects the reconstruction of Joos's oeuvre from his documented "Communion of the Apostles" in Urbino.
Paula Nuttall in The Dictionary of Art. 17, New York, 1996, pp. 702–3.
Mark L. Evans in The Dictionary of Art. 20, New York, 1996, p. 781, comments on similarities between the figures of the Virgin and eldest king in our picture and these figures in an Adoration by the Master of the Virgin among Virgins (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin).
Richard C. Trexler. The Journey of the Magi: Meanings in History of a Christian Story. Princeton, 1997, pp. 111, 114, ill., includes our "effeminate black third king" among magi figures in art that "appear all but female in their physiognomy".
Mary Sprinson de Jesús in From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 25, 41, 43, 70–71, 84, 105–6, 302, 397, no. 7, ill. (color, overall and detail), dates it about 1465.
Roland Krischel in Genie ohne Namen: Der Meister des Bartholomäus-Altars. Exh. cat., Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Cologne, 2001, pp. 39, 330, ill., comments on compositional affinities between this Adoration and one in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, which he ascribes to the "Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altar and assistant (?)".
Catheline Périer-d'Ieteren. Dieric Bouts: The Complete Works. Brussels, 2006, p. 209, mentions this picture in his discussion of Bouts's influence on Joos van Ghent.
Colin Eisler. "From Northern 'Tüchlein' to Tuscan 'Trompe l'Oeil'." Emil Bosshard, Paintings Conservator (1945–2006): Essays by Friends and Colleagues. Florence, 2009, p. 38, fig. 2.