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The Adoration of the Magi at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery

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The Adoration of the Magi at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery

  1. 1. the Adoration of the Magi through masterpieces and lesser-known works from the Uffizi Galleries' collections …
  2. 2. The Adoration of the Magi at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery
  3. 3. The Nativity, together with the subsequent episode, the arrival of the Three Wise Men, has been depicted, carved and painted in thousands of different versions, according to the tastes of their period.
  4. 4. Gentile da Fabriano Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Reyes Magos 1423 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  5. 5. The polyptych was commissioned by Palla Strozzi, a wealthy Florentine merchant, for the chapel of his family in Santa Trinita Church in 1423. The subject of the Adoration of the Magi was perfectly suitable for the realization of a sumptuous religious scene celebrating the wealth of its patron and the artist’s technical skills. The narration starts with the three lunettes above, depicting the appearance of the guiding star to the Magi, their journey and arrival in Jerusalem. A colorful procession, including even exotic animals (a cheetah and two monkeys), is represented in the center. Surrounded by two elegant maids and St. Joseph, the Madonna with the Child is sitting in front of a wall that resembles a city gate.
  6. 6. In front of the Child, the oldest of the three Magi is kneeling down crownless while receiving a tender caress on his bare head. The other two wise men are following him to present their gifts, while a squire is removing the spurs from the youngest one’s boots. The whole group is dressed in opulent robes decorated with elaborate motives and made of the most precious materials, similar to the ones Palla Strozzi used to trade.
  7. 7. The two figures at the center are the portraits of the patron (the elegant man with the turban and the falcon) and his son Lorenzo (the boy with the red hat).
  8. 8. Gentile's typical attention for detail is also evident in the exotic animals, such as a leopard, a dromedary, some apes and a lion, as well as the magnificent horses and a hound.
  9. 9. Sandro Botticelli Adoration of the Magi, Zanobi Altar L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos c. 1475 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  10. 10. Sandro Botticelli painted the Adoration of the Magi around 1475 ... Commissioned the workt the banker Gaspare di Zanobi del Lama, who made built the chapel in Santa Maria Novella to atone for his sins. At the time, bankers' work was considered similar to the sin of usury. The Medici family, which protected both the banker that the painter, is represented in the work. The three Magi - representing the stages of life - are Cosimo the Elder and his sons Pietro and Giovanni. There are also other characters, very important for the Medicean Florence and Botticelli himself, in a self-portrait, in the group of people on the right.
  11. 11. Domenico Ghirlandaio Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos 1487 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  12. 12. a large circular painting for the Tornabuoni family ... the ruins of an ancient building, the stable where Jesus was born, that alludes to the birth of Christianity and the collapse of pagan religion; the Virgin and Child, the Wise Men are kneeling before them; soldiers in magnificent contemporary armor, horses ...
  13. 13. Leonardo da Vinci Adoration of the Magi L’Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos 1481-1482 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  14. 14. The Augustinian friars of San Donato in Scopeto (Florence) commissioned this work from Leonardo in 1481, but he left it unfinished ... Leonardo’s masterpiece is therefore suspended in execution to an initial level of a rough sketch. The painting represents the celebration of the feast of the Epiphany when, according to St. Augustine, all people respond to the call of Christ. An extremely complex composition, which is very rich with figures set out in a semi-circle, with the Virgin and Child as the central focus.
  15. 15. Filippino Lippi Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos 1496 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  16. 16. Painted for the main altar of the church of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, in place of the one commissioned from Leonardo da Vinci several years before ...
  17. 17. a composition rich in characters ... the kneeling man wearing a sumptuous, fur-lined yellow robe and who carries an astrolabe, alluding to the astrological knowledge of the magi is Pierfrancesco de' Medici the Elder his sons, Lorenzo il Popolano and Giovanni il Popolano are recognizable as the king being crowned and the young blond alongside him, holding the vase
  18. 18. Lorenzo Monaco Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos c. 1422 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  19. 19. wholly Gothic style ... the nativity scene: the Madonna, wearing a dark blue garment with three stars (symbols of virginity), is sitting on a stone and showing the Christ child to the spectators the Magi's procession: differently from the Gospel tradition, they are not all portrayed as old men, but with three different ages symbolizing the ages of man; their followers include a variety of ethnicities, from the Moors to the Tatars, as well as animals such as hounds and camels
  20. 20. Andrea Mantegna The Adoration of the Magi, Uffizi Triptych L'Adoration des mages, Le triptyque des Offices Adoración de los Magos,Tríptico de los Uffizi 1460-1464 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  21. 21. the Magi are depicted while descending to the Child's grotto from a path carved out in the rock ... the Virgin is portrayed with a crown of angels, according to a Byzantine model exotic characters and animals, including oriental turbans, Byzantine hats, Mongolian archer
  22. 22. Albrecht Dürer Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages Adoración de los Magos 1504 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  23. 23. A masterpiece of elegantly combined Nordic models and Italian influences … The iconographic choice is focused on the main characters: the Virgin showing the Christ Child to the three Wise Men, who have brought gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.
  24. 24. The shapes and colours of the ruins, the horsemen in the background and distant landscape, all create a marvellous balance with the Nativity scene. The whole scene is described in elegant detail and search for particulars: fabrics, brocades, crowns and goblets, rubies, pearls, the Virgin’s veil, feathers, animals, and plants.
  25. 25. the youthful Melchior has Dürer's features with his long hair and beard …
  26. 26. olga_oes The Adoration of the Magi at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery L’Adoration des mages à la Galerie des Offices de Florence La Adoración de los Reyes Magos en la Galería Uffizi de Florencia images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys O come, O come, Emmanuel (Piano/Cello) created olga.e. thanks for watching