Adoration of the Magi (Rubens, Cambridge)

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Adoration of the Magi
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Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Year ca. 1616–17
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 251 cm × 338 cm (99 in × 133 in)
Location King's College Chapel, Cambridge, Cambridge
For other treatments of this subject by the same artist, see Adoration of the Magi (Rubens).

The Adoration of the Magi is a c.1616-17 painting by the Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, now in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. There is an oil preparatory sketch, long hidden in private collections.[1]


It was bought for a world-record price in 1959 by the property millionaire Alfred Ernest Allnatt and two years later he offered it to King's College Cambridge, the college accepted "this munificent gift" with the intention of displaying the painting in the college chapel, possibly as an altarpiece. The painting was initially displayed in the college's antechapel, but the decision was taken to modify the east end of the main chapel and in 1968 it was installed there, where it now is.[2]

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  1. ^ Peter C. Sutton, in Peter C. Sutton, Marjorie E. Wieseman, Nico van Hout Drawn by the brush: oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (exhibition catalogue) 2004: no. 6, pp 108f.
  2. ^