Adoration of the Magi (c. 1478-1482) by Sandro Botticelli

Adoration of the Magi - BOTTICELLI, Sandro - c

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TitleAdoration of the Magi
ArtistSandro Botticelli
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions111 x 134 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About Adoration of the Magi

Sandro Botticelli’s Adoration of the Magi is a Renaissance masterpiece that brilliantly portrays the biblical story of three Wise Men offering gifts to the newborn Christ. The painting, commissioned by Guasparre del Lama, is located at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and is rich in vivid details that add vitality and interest.

As one of Botticelli’s early artistic output, Adoration of the Magi established his fame in Florence. Although there have been several versions of this theme painted by Botticelli himself using male and female models for their faces, this particular painting stands out due to its vibrant colors and detailed clothing designs. The Wise Men are portrayed with their distinctive skin tones, costumes, and hairstyles differing from each other.

One notable aspect of this painting is that besides the adoring Magi figures themselves (with one kneeling before Baby Jesus), it features many beautifully clothed human figures surrounding them – conveying conversations among themselves through expressive gestures and exchange looks as they witness an extraordinary event. This artwork offers insightful social commentary on medieval society’s obsession with luxury clothes through deep exploration about how clothing helped to express personal identities; valuable information for anyone studying art history or interested in learning more about renaissance paintings.

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