The main scene is the adoration of the Infant Jesus by the Three Magi, a common subject for paintings in the 15th and 16th centuries, in which it was often a pretext for depicting a sumptuous material setting. Here the painter sought to assimilate the early-16th-century Italian model but remained true to the Flemish style, visible in the richness of the clothing and in the landscape in the background. The adoration takes place in an architectural setting that reflects the classical taste of the artist, while the interpretation, with its excess of characters and details, seems to suffer from horror vacui.
89.5 x 184 cm
Long-term loan from the Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi, 1902; acquired 1906