"Adoration Of The Three Wise Men, Frans Francken II (1581-1642)"
Workshop Frans Francken II (Antwerp 1581 - 1642)
Adoration of the Magi
School of Antwerp in the second half of the sixteenth century
oil on panel, parquet floor
Dimensions (cm): 48 x 63, with frame (from the 19th century) 61 x 76
The proposed painting represents the scene of Adoration of the Magi, a favorite theme of ancient painting. Considerable importance is attributed to the figures of the three wise men, sumptuously dressed; the richness of their clothes contrasts with the humility of the Holy Family, on the right, and the other characters who watch the scene with curiosity. The representation is based on a traditional iconography, where the wise kings symbolize, with the gift brought to Jesus, the three parts of the world known at the time: Africa, Asia and Europe. Melchior, the eldest, is kneeling in adoration of the child, offering him gold, in recognition of his kingship; Gasparre, wearing a turban crown, offers incense, a sign of the divinity of Jesus, while Baltassarre, the black king, offers myrrh, symbol of his sacrifice for our salvation. Of obvious Flemish origin, the work is part of the production of the Antwerp School at the end of the 16th century; in particular, it is due to the prolific workshop Francken, the famous family of painters from Antwerp who played a predominant role in local art for four generations. In particular, the characters of style and composition bring the paternity of a painter close to Frans Francken II (Antwerp 1581-1642), with some points of contact with his son, Frans Francken III (Antwerp 1607-1667). The painting is superbly decorative, of good executive quality and characterized by a bright design and a bright chromaticism. The lines are emphasized by a vigorous design, with a fairly marked play of light and shade.
The work is in excellent condition, the table is healthy and without deformation, stabilized by a professional floor.
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