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Post  eddie on Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:58 am

A wise man's painting: Sandro Botticelli's The Adoration of the Kings

In the last in his series of favourite wintry artworks, Jonathan Jones marvels at the towering majesty of Botticelli's The Adoration of the Kings (c1470-75), which won the artist 'gifts' from the Medici family

guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 December 2011 12.15 GMT


Botticelli sets this scene of the wise eastern kings visiting the newborn Christ in a classical ruin that has a haunting mystery and grandeur. The towering broken arches under which the Magi and their retinue pay their respects can be seen as representing the old pagan world about to be replaced by the Christian church: but Botticelli loves these ruins. He was painting in Florence, where the wisdom of pagan antiquity was revered, and where the powerful Medici family identified with the Magi. With paintings like this Botticelli appealed to their pride, and won their patronage. It is a work that won him gifts

Photographer: The National Gallery, London

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Post  eddie on Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:50 pm


Berger & Wise.

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Post  eddie on Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:58 pm


Bruegel the Elder. The Adoration of the Magi. 1564.

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Post  Constance on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:31 am

Julia's birthday was the 15th and my mother gave her a nativity scene in a box. The figures are hard cardboard paper dolls with old fashioned prints. She has one at her house that is about 100 years old. My sister and I used to put it up when we were little. My mother still puts it up.

We have two navitity scenes in Pawling missing the baby Jesus. He was stolen. The churches still put up the scenes, but no baby.

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