BALDUNG GRIEN, Hans
(b. 1484/85, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, d. 1545, Strasbourg)
Three Kings Altarpiece (open)1507
Linden panel, 121 x 70 cm (central), 121 x 28 cm (each wing)
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
The picture shows the interior view of the altarpiece. In the centre The Adoration of the Magi with the donor, Ernst von Wettin, Archbishop of Magdeburg, brother of Emperor Frederic the Wise, is represented. The side panels depict St George and St Maurice, the latter being the patron saint of the Magdeburg archbishopry.
The altarpiece was painted for the cathedral of Halle shortly after Baldung left Dürer's studio.