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Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Altar Piece'; The Adoration of the Kings 1857

Albumen print | 21.7 x 19.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2081360

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Photograph of an altar piece, 'The Adoration of Kings' by Jan Gossaert (c.1478-1532), also known as Jan Mabuse. At the centre of the work is the Virgin Mary seated, holding the Christ Child. On the right, a kneeling male figure presents the child with a gift. Angels feature in the upper half of the work.

At the time of the photograph, the work was in the collection of William George Howard, 8th Earl of Carlisle (1808-89). The work is now held by the National Gallery, London.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 21.7 x 19.5 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
              • Adoration of the Magi
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs