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Adoration of the Magi

Fra Angelico, 1440 – 1460
Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico
Adoration of the Magi, zoomed in
137.3 cmAdoration of the Magi scale comparison137.3 cm
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Adoration of the Magi is an Italian Renaissance Tempera Painting created by Fra Angelico from 1440 to 1460. It lives at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Nativity, Tondo and Shaped Canvas. SourceDownload

This bold, colorful tondo (circular painting) spans two movements in art, a rare and beautiful marker of the evolution from the flattened medieval style and the mathematical perspective of the Italian Renaissance. The work was began by Fra Angelico but may have been completed, maybe after his death, by the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi.

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