Art Analysis: Adoration of the Magi by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi

analytical Essay
573 words
573 words

Viewing Reaction: Adoration of the Magi

This altarpiece painting was done in tempera paint on wood by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He became known as Sandro Botticelli. “Botticelli” was a nickname given by his older brother meaning 'small wine cask'. “(Artble, 2014). According to our textbook, this painting is one of four Adorations he painted that have achieved lasting fame. (Wold, 2008) Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance painter whose life spanned from 1440-1510. I was unable to verify where he was born, but most of the information I came across seemed to agree his home town was Florence, Italy. “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.” (Artble, 2014). Adoration of the Magi is a religious painting of the entire Medici family which was characteristic to this era. Our textbook explains that during this period the wealthy and powerful people liked “leave likenesses of them...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that sandro botticelli was an italian renaissance painter whose life spans from 1440-1510.
  • Analyzes how botticelli created a sense of balance by positioning groups of people on each side of them.
  • Opines that they are in awe at the talent botticelli had to create something like this.
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