Adoration of the Magi

Author:     Painted in: c. 1423    Framework: Tempera on wood, 300x282 (overall including frame), 173x288 (central panel only)    Located in: International Gothic Room

The style of this marvellous painting, the Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano, is defined International Gothic. The period when International Gothic flourished can be placed between the end of 14th-beginning of 15th century.

Gentile da Fabriano, an artist coming from the Italian Region called Marche. travelled a lot during his life and, once in Florence, Palla Strozzi, a rich Florentine banker, asked him to paint this superb work of art for his private chapel in the Church of Santa Trinita.

In this wonderful painting we can perceive the typical atmosphere of the International Gothic: the large use of gold and the fairy-tale like setting of the episode from the Bible.

The profusion of gold is amazing, being both the expression of the typical Gothic style, and also the evidence of the immense wealth of the banker Palla Strozzi.


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Fabriano’s piece, Adoration of the Magi, painted for the Palla Strozzi’s Chapel in the Santa Trinita church and now in the Uffizi Gallery, is considered a masterpiece of the International Gothic...Read more