NIEULANDT, Willem van, the Younger
(b. 1584, Antwerpen, d. ca. 1635, Amsterdam)

Adoration of the Magi

Oil on oak panel, 68 x 107 cm
Private collection

Willem van Nieulandt the Younger studied in Rome in 1602-03. Later he produced some 115 engravings of Italian subjects, predominantly of classical ruins in Rome, based on drawings he made there. His antiquarian interest is manifest in the present picture. The subject is set before an array of Roman structures, including to the left the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, and to its right is Trajan's Column. In the foreground lies a substantial Corinthian capital.

The figure in a green cloak and makeshift turban in the right foreground is most likely a self-portrait.