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Christmas: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection #CM1423w, The Adoration of the Magi, by the Italian artist Gentile da Fabriano. The painting, currently housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is considered his finest, and has been described as “the culminating work of International Gothic painting.” Upon the artist’s arrival in the city in 1420, the work was commissioned by the Florentine literate and patron of the arts Palla Strozzi. Completed three years later in 1423, it was placed in the new chapel of the church of Santa Trinita. It shows both the international and Sienese schools’ influences on Gentile’s art, combined with the Renaissance novelties he knew in Florence. Apparently the focus of this magnificent depiction of the homage paid to the new born King by the Magi, Caspar is shown kissing the infant Jesus’ feet. All the figures wear superb Renaissance costumes, brocades richly decorated with real gold and precious stones. Fabriano’s attention to detail is also evident in the exotic animals such as a leopard, a dromedary, some apes and magnificent horses, a lion and a hound. Biblical accountings of the scene are described in several of our other offerings.