DAVID, Gerard
(b. ca. 1460, Oudewater, d. 1523, Bruges)

Adoration of the Magi

1495-1505
Panel, 124 x 166 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

This painting is based on a lost composition of Hugo van der Goes. The kings approach the newborn and his mother in adoration keeping their distance. The composition is thus divided into two halves, which are connected by the sheaf of cereals in the foreground, symbolizing the sacrament of the Eucharist, which mediates between God and man.