The triptych comprises four scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary emphasising her role in the Redemption. These are the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Adoration of the Angels, and the Adoration of the Magi. The sculpted portals derive from Rogier van der Weyden's Miraflores Altarpiece. There are strong affinities with Petrus Christus' Washington Nativity, so much so that the painting was once attributed to Christus. Erwin Panofsky believed the strong connection is evidence that the young Dieric Bouts attached himself to Petrus Christus early in his career.
Petrus Christus, Nativity, oil on panel, 127.6 x 94.9cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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