Nativity, with the Journey of the Magi and St. Jerome

Adoration of the Magi

Italian, Milan
about 1490
Workshop of Giacomo del Maino (Italian, Milan, active 1469–1498)

Object Place: Europe, Milan, Italy


Overall: 102.9 x 61 x 10.5 cm (40 1/2 x 24 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Not On View





In carved frame with arch above. Joseph, Mary & animals under slight roof on which ride the three Wise men toward shepherd & sheep. In lunette, kneeling St. Jerome with lion and skull.

This is a rare survival of a complete sculptural ensemble, as the reliefs of the Nativity and of Saint Jerome in prayer are still in their original frame. The sculpture was probably made for a private chapel or home. It displays the expressive carving embellished by splendid painting and gilding that is typical of wood sculpture from Lombardy, in northern Italy. Full of charming details, the main panel also includes scenes showing the Annunciation to the Shepherds and the Journey of the Magi.


Probably Paola Visconti (d. after 1558) and Carlo da Rho (d. 1553), Milan [see note 1]. 1946, Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge, Boston; 1946, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession date: December 12, 1946)


[1] On the reverse of the relief are the coats of arms of the Visconti and da Rho families suggesting ownership by Paola Visconti and Carlo da Rho. This is the only known union between the two families.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge