The Adoration Of The Magi Essay

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The Adoration of the Magi is a painting by Sandro Botticelli. He was an Italian Renaissance painter and draftsma. It is dated somewhere between 1475 to 1476. He was commissioned by an Italian banker, Gaspare di Zanobi Del Lama. Del Lama commissioned the painting for his chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. The chapel has since been destroyed, and the painting is now in the Uffizi, a famous art museum in Florence.
Sandro Botticelli’s painting of the Adoration of the Magi was a popular theme among the Renaissance painters. It is his illustration of the three kings bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to lay before baby Jesus. The painting contains numerous Christian symbols. Although the painting is showing a scene in history, Botticelli chose to use many actual prominent political and financial wealthy male Medici family members, thus indicating the importance of the family in Botticelli’s career (historylink 101). Medici family was one of Botticelli’s greatest supporters. He also included Del Lama and a self-portrait, the man on the right side of the painting looking out of the painting wearing a yellow-orange robe.
The Adoration of the Magi is a tempera grassa painted on a wooden panel. Botticelli was a conservative in his painting approach. However, he chose to alter traditional techniques to adopt new ones. The tempera grassa was a new paint medium to Italy. Tempera grassa is made by mixing natural pigments with egg yolks,…

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