Adoration of the Magi
Sandro Botticelli - circa 1478-1482
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This picture is one of the great masterpieces in the USA. It was probably painted in Rome when the Florentine Botticelli was called there to fulfill commissions for the pope. The stable is in the form of a ruined classical temple, perhaps symbolizing the pagan past superseded by the coming of Christ. The kings, shepherds and attendants are dressed in contemporary 15th century clothing and certain faces are so individual that they are probably portraits of the unknown donor's family. This painting was purchased by Czar Alexander I of Russia in 1808 and was in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg until the 1930s.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1478-1482
Artist age:Approximately 37 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 68 cm (26.77 in.), Width: 102 cm (40.16 in.)
Medium: Painting - tempera on panel
and oil
Entered by: Member laure9 on 30 September 2008.
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