Original Country
Castile - Leon
Sorting Title
Altar frontal

Description: An architectural frame encloses scenes of the annunciation to the shepherds and the Adoration of the Magi. The annunciation to the shepherds is depicted with an angel emerging from a cloud, bearing a scroll inscribed GLORIA IN ECCELSIS DEO. Below him are two shepherds, sheep, and trees. The inscription above reads: COMO PAREÇIO EL ANGEL A LOS PASTORES (How the angel appeared to the shepherds). The Adoration of the Magi is depicted with the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child, seated on a couch before a building with an ass and ox. The Christ Child extends his hand to a vessel held by a bearded, kneeling Magus, followed by two Magi wearing hats, one beardless, both holding vessels. Above is the star, and behind the Magi is a groom, crop in hand, holding the reins of three horses in portal of building. The inscription above reads: COMO ESTA ENÇAECIDA SANTA MARIA (How Holy Mary is delivered of a child) and GASPAR MELCHOR BALTASAR REIES.

Eschutcheons of the Ayala and Guzman families in borders.

Creation Date
Style Genre
Work Type
article or essay
h. 85.2cm, w. 259.2cm
Original Location

Quejana: Alava Dominican Convent

Original Structure

Ayala chapel

Historical Context

Retable and altar frontal made for the Ayala chapel in the Dominican nuns' convent at Quejana (Alava).

Patrons and Others

Pedro Lopez de Ayala and Mari Ramirez

Inscription gives the names of the donors Don Pedro Lopez de Ayala and Doña Leonor de Guzman, his wife, and the date 1396.

Related Work

Current Repository

Chicago: Art Institute Museum

Repository Number
Image Source
Index of Christian Art
Photo Repo Number
30 C43 MArtIn R4,1 A 039252
Lisa Tom
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