The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1465
Justus of Ghent (Joos van Wassenhove) (Netherlandish, active by 1460, died ca. 1480)
Distemper on canvas; 43 x 63 in. (109.2 x 160 cm)
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.21)
This is one of only two surviving works painted by Justus van Ghent before he went to Italy to work for Frederico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino. Possibly commissioned for a convent near Burgos, Spain, it is painted on canvas and could thus be rolled for easy transport. The gouache-like medium applied to a relatively porous support accounts for the picture's subdued tonality and matte surface.