Adoration Of The Magi

size(cm): 30x35
Sale price£103 GBP


Sandro Botticelli's Adoration of the Magi is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This oil painting on panel, made in 1475, represents the biblical scene of the Magi adoring the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Botticelli's artistic style is characterized by elegance and grace, and this work is no exception. The composition is carefully balanced, with the characters arranged in a semicircle around the infant Jesus. The details are exquisite, from the luxurious fabrics of the Three Kings' costumes to the delicate wings of the angels that float in the background.

Color is another prominent aspect of this painting. Botticelli uses a rich and vibrant palette, with warm shades of red, gold and green contrasting with softer shades of blue and pink. Gold and silver details add a touch of luxury and opulence to the work.

The history of painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by Gasparre di Zanobi del Lama, a wealthy Florentine merchant, for his private chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella. The work was stolen in the 18th century and later sold to an English collector. Finally, it was acquired by the National Gallery in London in 1853, where it is currently located.

There are some lesser known aspects of this work that are also interesting. For example, it is believed that Botticelli included his own portrait in the figure of the young man holding the banner of the Magi. Furthermore, some experts have suggested that the figure of the baby Jesus is actually a representation of Botticelli's Venus, one of his most famous works.

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