Domenico Ghirlandaio 1449 – 1494

The Adoration of the Magi (1487)

tempera on panel (171 cm diameter) — 1487 Museum Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This work is linked to Matthew 2:11

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Images of the virgin and her young child were very popular in the early years of the Renaissance and could be found in many homes in Florence. Wealthy Florentines often ordered a version of The Adoration of the Magi – a subject they strongly identified with and were willing to pay generously for.

These round paintings are called tondos, after the Italian word for circle.

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