Adoration of the Magi

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

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Title

Adoration of the Magi
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

animal; human figure; New Testament; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; Nativity

Description

For most of the fifteenth century, the Epiphany was celebrated in Florence with a great festival. Expensively clad citizens reenacted the journey of the three kings to Bethlehem with processions through the streets. Shortly before this work was painted, however, the elaborate pageantry of the festival was curtailed. Preachers like Savonarola complained that excessive luxury obscured the day's religious significance. Botticelli's painting seems to reflect this new concern.

Creator

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

Source

Description: National Gallery of Art [Washington DC, website]; http://www.nga.gov/

Date

ca. 1478-1482 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera and oil paint on panel
68 cm (height) x 102 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott036x.jpg

Coverage

National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) 1937.1.22; Andrew W. Mellon Collection
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “Adoration of the Magi,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2723.

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