“The Wolves Worship,” Jan Gossart (Mabuse) – a description of the picture

“The Wolves Worship,” Jan Gossart (Mabuse) – a description of the picture
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  • Museum: National Gallery (London)
  • Year: 1510-1515

Description of the picture :

Wolves worship – Jan Gossart (Mabusa). Wood, butter. 177.2 x 161.8

   About Jan Gossart is often spoken of as the founder of romanticism, he was one of the first Flemish artists to visit Italy, learned certain trends in Italian art of his time and brought them to Dutch painting.

   “The worship of the Magi” is the most significant of the early creations created shortly after returning. This big picture was intended for the altar in the chapel of the Virgin Mary in the abbey of St. Adrian in Gerardsbergen, near Brussels. She was ordered by a local nobleman who was supposed to be buried there.

   The scene of worship represents Caspar as a tribe-towed one in front of Christ, sitting on her lap at Mary’s lap, and presenting golden gifts. Knowing the tradition of giving the elder from the Magi features of a donator, we can assume that in the hero you can see the customer of the picture. To the left of the Virgin Mary is the black Baltazar with his retinue, to the right behind Caspar – the youngest, Melchior, also surrounded by people. In the background is a figure coming out of Joseph’s house, in this scene he always plays a secondary role. The whole action is depicted against the background of the ruins: according to tradition, the dilapidated shack in which the Baby was born symbolized the Old Testament, which will be replaced by the Savior on the New.