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The Adoration of the Magi
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The Adoration of the Magi 1566 - 1567

On Display Scottish National Gallery

This panel is an autograph, small-scale replica of an altarpiece painted in 1566-7 for the newly elected Pope Pius V, which was destined for the pope’s burial chapel in the church of Santa Croce in his native town of Bosco Marengo in Piemonte. A preparatory drawing for it is in the Uffizi, Florence. Recent research has revealed that this small version was almost certainly painted for Vasari’s close friend Vincenzo Borghini, prior of the Spedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital) in Florence.

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Altarpiece

An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.

Panel

A flat, rigid surface usually made from wood or metal, on which a painting is made. Prior to the introduction of canvas, most paintings in Europe were executed on wood.

Altarpiece, Panel

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2807
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 65.00 x 48.00 cm (framed: 95.00 x 69.00 x 10.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2005