The Adoration Of The Magi Essay

769 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
A very famous painting that should be viewed by all, especially those who believe in Christ Jesus, is the Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli. Sandro Botticelli’s given name was actually Alessandro di Mariano Fillipepi Botticelli. Botticelli was born in 1445 in Florence, Italy and died in 1510. During his lifetime he was one of the most acclaimed painters in Italy, being summoned to take part in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and earning the patronage of the leading families of Florence, including the Medici (Sandro Botticelli, n.d.). Being the Renaissance period, this is a religious themed painting that uses tempera applied to wood.
The Adoration of the Magi is a beautiful piece of art that uses both, straight and curved, or smooth flowing lines. Curved and smooth flowing lines are seen in the human figures that show them as being natural in form. Straight lines are used when defining structures and creating distance in the background, despite the lack of background being apparent. Man-made objects, such as the stones and wooden structures in the painting have straight and crisp lines. A long curve is used on the rock situated above the child that is being used for the man to relax on, this long curve suggest an intense relaxing, unlike small curves. When looking at colors used in this painting, there are many variations. Not only are primary colors used in the clothing of the individuals that give a vibrant appearance, secondary…

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