“Adoration of the Magi,” an oil painting attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) and Jacob Jordaens (1593 – 1678), is now on view in the Carol Weldon Metropolitan Gallery in The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU.
This 17th century high baroque work is on special loan to the Frost by Natan Saban, a private collector. Museum admission is free to the public.
“We are so pleased to make this extraordinary work available to the public free of charge,” said Carol Damian, the museum’s director and chief curator.
“Adoration of the Magi” will be central to a new selection of high baroque works by artists such as Ferdinand Bol, Carel Fabritius and Nicolas de Largillière. Originally designed as an altarpiece, Ruben’s work depicts Mary presenting the Christ child to the three kings from Greece, Assyria and Ethiopia. The theme of the “Adoration of the Magi,” which symbolically alludes to the sacrament of the Eucharist, was popular during the Counter-Reformation and a favorite subject of Rubens.
The Frost will offer educational programming including lectures and docent training about these works to the public in its fall 2010 season.