Anton Mozart, attributed to - The Adoration of the Magi
Anton Mozart, attributed to
The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on copper. 46.5 x 71.8 cm.
The painter of this unusual and well preserved work on copper can definitely be localised to Germany. The Renaissance architecture and the figures, which can be dated to circa 1580/1600, both confirm this. The artist has depicted the biblical story in a busy contemporary town. To the right we see a group of men in period clothing, one of which looks directly at the viewer, leading them into the image - a motif often used for self-portraits. Behind this group the scene opens up onto a twisting web of busy streets stretching out into the distance. This composition, especially the unusual tower in the centre of the piece connected to the neighbouring buildings via a bridge, is reminiscent of the works of Anton Mozart, an early Augsburg painter whose oeuvre is as yet largely unknown.
Private collection, Belgium.