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Title The Adoration of the Magi
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Tristán de Escamilla, Luis (Spanish painter, ca. 1587-1624)
Date Earliest probably about 1600
Date Latest about 1640
Description Although the composition of the painting seems to appear rather like an Italian versions of the subject, the bright colouring and the execution are clearly Spanish. Luis Tristan repeated this composition several times. The Virgin and the Child are shown within a building that in part is a classical architecture, while the roof seems to be an improvised hut. The Kings approach in adoration on the right, and St Joseph is in the background. At the bottom left appears, as King David playing a harp, the portrait of a donor, or possibly the artist himself, as has been suggested.
Current Accession Number PC.64
Subject figure; religion (Virgin and Child, Adoration of the Magi)
Measurements 167.4 x 100.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald 1967.
Provenance Probably La Reyna convent, Toledo; King Louis-Philippe, Louvre, Gallerie Espagnol (no. 274 in the 1838 catalogue); Louis-Philippe sale, Christie's, 1853, lot 129, bought by Sir William Stirling Maxwell for £11; by descent to his son Sir John Stirling Maxwell; by descent to his daughter Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald.
Principal Exhibitions Exhibition of Spanish Paintings from El Greco to Goya, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1951, cat. no. 36.
Publications Notice de la Galerie espagnole, Louvre, 1838 (4th edn), no. 264; Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 24, no. 37; Gaya Nuño, J. A., La pintura española fuera de España, Madrid, 1958, no. 2736, p. 311; The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Corporation of Glasgow: Museum and Art Galleries Department, c.1967, p. 41, no. 64; Baticle, J. and C. Marinas, La Galerie espagnole de Louis-Philippe au Louvre: 1838-1848, Paris, 1981, p. 178-79, no. 274.
Notes

Listed in the Inventory and Valuation of Pictures by Alex Dowell as 'The Adoration of the Magi - Luis Tristan 1586-1640 - Copy - £8' and in John Hungerford Pollen's Inventory 'London Series', 1888, 0 [= uncollocated] 88 J [= John] Holy family and Magi L. Tristan £30'.

According to cat. Edinburgh 1951, this is one of four companion pictures of the same size painted for the Convent of La Reyna at Toledo. The other three are: The Descent of the Holy Ghost, in the Romanian ex-Royal collection; Christ on the Cross; and The Resurrection.

Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig

 

 

 

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