Adoration of the Magi

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  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Del Lama Adoration
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Adoration of the Magi
Del Lama Adoration
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

animal; New Testament; rulers and leaders; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; Medici family

Description

The Adoration of the Magi is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, dating from 1475 or 1476. It is housed in the Uffizi of Florence. The Adoration of the Magi theme was popular in the Renaissance Florence. The work was commissioned by Gaspare di Zanobi del Lama, a banker of dubious origins and morality connected to the House of Medici, for his chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella (now destroyed). In the scene are present numerous characters among which are several members of the Medici family: Cosimo de' Medici (the Magus kneeling in front of the Virgin, described by Vasari as "the finest of all that are now extant for its life and vigour"), his sons Piero (the second Magus kneeling in the centre with the red mantle) and Giovanni (the third Magus), and his grandsons Giuliano and Lorenzo. The four Medici portrayed as Magi were all dead at the time the picture was painted, and Florence was effectively ruled by Lorenzo. The young man wearing the yellow robe and looking at the viewer is alleged to be a self-portrait of Botticelli.

Creator

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510)

Source

Description: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Date

ca. 1475 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera on panel
62 cm (height) x 85 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott029.jpg

Coverage

Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence, Tuscany, Italy) inventario 1890, n. 882; Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “Adoration of the Magi,” Institute Images Online, accessed September 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2718.

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