Thursday, November 7, 2013

Giotto di Bondone: Adoration of the Magi: Christmas Paintings

Giotto though painting during the Late Medieval Period is known as an early Italian Renaissance artist because he broke away from the Byzantine stylization and drew and painted from reality in three-dimensional accuracy.

 His Adoration of the Magi is dated ca. 1305. It is located in the Cappella Scrovegni a Padova also referred to as the Arena Chapel. The name for this particular subject comes from Latin in which the title is A Magis adoratur. It is a Nativity scene, but focuses on the three kings from the Orient and their gift giving and supplication. Thus, the Nativity by itself is a manger or a cave scene with the parents, baby Jesus and farm animals and adoration scenes are a variation on the theme.

This image is in the Public Domain in the U.S.A.

Adoration of the Magi-Giotto-ca. 1305

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