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Religious Painting, 5 Century Old, Discovered In Private Collection In Guernsey

A 500-year-old painting, now attributed to Flemish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst, was found in a private collection in Guernsey.

The painting is a triptych – featuring three panels – and depicts the Adoration of Magi from the Bible. It features the three Wise Men admiring baby Jesus as the son of God and bringing him gifts. It also features Saint Joseph and Balthazar. The discovery of the work, which has been called ‘exceptional’, is considered a huge deal. This is largely because very few works (and no signed copy ever) that could be attributed to Pieter Coecke van Aelst exist today.

Pieter Coecke van Aelst was born in 1502 in Brussels, Belgium. In 1527 he joined the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp which allowed him a steady stream of commissioned projects – mostly by the Church. One of the most famous such projects was the stained windows at the Antwerp Cathedral. Once famous, van Aelst built a huge workshop that trained a large number of apprentices. While it is certain that the painting came from this workshop, there are some doubts regarding whether the work was created by Pieter Coecke van Aelst himself or one of his proteges.

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However, Jonathan Voak – a painting specialist at Martel Maides Auctions – is more certain. He notes that the painting contains many of the signature styles of van Aelst, while also containing enough peculiarities to ensure that it was not a replica of some other work. The work will go on the auction block next month at the Martel Maides Auctions in Guernsey, where it is expected to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000. It will be part of the evening sale on March 7 that will also feature four paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.