Giotto ca. 1267 – 1337

The Adoration of the Magi (Santa Croce)

tempera on panel (45 × 44 cm) — ca. 1320 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Giotto biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:11

Also known as The Epiphany. The work is part of a series, of which six other works are known, also showing episodes of the life of Christ. It probably was made to serve as an altarpiece in the Santa Croce in Florence.

Exceptional for depictions of this subject is that one of the Magi picks up the child. It gives the scene a more human dimension.

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