OSONA, Francisco de
(b. ca. 1465, Valencia, d. ca. 1514, Valencia)

Adoration of the Magi

c. 1510
Oil on panel, 165 x 150 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The panel was most likely originally part of a larger altarpiece, the missing upper corners suggesting it had a curved top. It shows the Adoration of the Magi with the Holy Family (The Virgin, Child and Joseph) on the right and the Magi on the left, one of them kneeling in prayer before the Virgin and Child.

The kneeling magus may be a portrait of Ferdinand II of Aragon, King of Spain (1452-1516). The inclusion of portraits of rulers in religious works was not rare during the late middle ages and the Renaissance. The plausible likeness of Ferdinand II suggests that it was made for a royal foundation prior to the king's death in 1516.