For this series dedicated to the Epiphany, we selected some emblematic works that can be seen below in the slideshow. Here, some interesting facts:
- The Adoration of the Magi by Peter Paul Rubens is a a c.1617-18 painting now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. It was probably commissioned for a private collection rather than as an altarpiece. Pay attention to the tenderness in the oldest magus kneeling and kissing Christ Child foot.
- Then we have a beautiful painting by Albrecht Dürer, a 1504 oil on wood painting by Albrecht Dürer that is housed at the Uffizi Gallery. It is considered one of Dürer’s best and most important works from the period between his first and second trips to Italy.
- The delicacy of Sandro Botticelli is clear in this painting that can also be seen at Uffizi Gallery. Botticelli was commissioned to paint at least seven versions of The Adoration of the Magi as it was a popular in the Renaissance Florence. In the scene are present numerous characters among which are several members of the Medici family: Cosimo de’ Medici is the Magus kneeling in front of the Virgin, his sons Piero is the second Magus kneeling in the centre with the red mantle and the third magus is Giovanni.
- The final two masterpieces are by Gentile da Fabriano with one of his finest work, a true reference for the International Gothic painting; and the other one, by Diego Velázquez, as an example of the Baroque painting in Spain.