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The Adoration of the Magi

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The Adoration of the Magi About 1353 - 1355


One of the Kings is pointing to the star which led them to the Christ Child in Bethlehem. The two female saints are identified by their attributes as St Catherine with the wheel, and St Ursula, accompanied by a few of the eleven thousand companions (with whom, according to her legend) she was martyred. This painting was originally the left panel of a diptych hinged in the middle; the related panel, painted with Christ mourned by saints, is now in the Fondazione Longhi, Florence.

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An artwork consisting of two components, often joined in the centre by a hinge.


Death due to a person's adherence to a religious faith. It is also used to describe prolonged or extreme suffering of any kind.

Diptych, Martyrdom


  • Acc. No. NG 952
  • Medium Tempera and gold on panel
  • Size 60.40 x 38.60 cm (including original mouldings) (framed: 77.30 x 56.50 x 9.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1908