Sandro Botticelli, ‘The Adoration of the Magi’, ca. 1478-1482, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1478-1482

Tempera and oil on panel
26 4/5 × 40 1/5 in
68 × 102 cm
Permanent collection
About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington

Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.22

Overall size: 70 x 104.2 cm (27 9/16 x 41 in.) framed: 98.4 x …

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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Sandro Botticelli
Italian, 1444–1510
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Born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli (“botticello” meaning “little barrel”) created some of the most celebrated paintings of the early Italian Renaissance, including the Primavera (ca. 1478), Venus and Mars (1485) and The Birth of Venus (ca. 1486). Under the patronage of the Medici, the most powerful family in Florence, he became renowned for his graceful portraits of Florentine aristocracy and ecclesiastical and mythical figures dressed in filmy drapery, which seem to float weightlessly against their backgrounds. Diverging from many of his contemporaries’ interest in naturalistic depictions and anatomy, Botticelli often rendered his subjects with elongated limbs and hands delineated through subtle use of contour, thereby inventing a style that foregrounded Mannerism and influenced generations of artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to contemporary artists like John Currin.

Sandro Botticelli, ‘The Adoration of the Magi’, ca. 1478-1482, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington

Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.22

Overall size: 70 x 104.2 cm (27 9/16 x 41 in.) framed: 98.4 x 132.1 x 8.3 cm (38 3/4 x 52 x 3 1/4 in.)

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Sandro Botticelli
Italian, 1444–1510
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Born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli (“botticello” meaning “little barrel”) created some of the most celebrated paintings of the early Italian Renaissance, including the Primavera (ca. 1478), Venus and Mars (1485) and The Birth of Venus (ca. 1486). Under the patronage of the Medici, the most powerful family in Florence, he became renowned for his graceful portraits of Florentine aristocracy and ecclesiastical and mythical figures dressed in filmy drapery, which seem to float weightlessly against their backgrounds. Diverging from many of his contemporaries’ interest in naturalistic depictions and anatomy, Botticelli often rendered his subjects with elongated limbs and hands delineated through subtle use of contour, thereby inventing a style that foregrounded Mannerism and influenced generations of artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to contemporary artists like John Currin.

The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1478-1482

Tempera and oil on panel
26 4/5 × 40 1/5 in
68 × 102 cm
Permanent collection
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