Adoration of the Magi by Jacopo Bassano

Adoration of the Magi by Jacopo Bassano

Creativity Jacopo Bassano continues the tradition of the direction of Venetian painting, which is marked by high festivity. This line was developed by Gentile Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, Titian and Paolo Veronese.

In this picture, which the artist wrote in collaboration with his son Leandro, the plot itself helped create a bright, multi-voiced and at the same time lyrical in spirit canvas. Almost the whole of his first plan is occupied by the Magi who, on a “noisy crowd” on horses, donkeys and camels, came from distant lands to bow to the Savior born.

The baby sits on Mary’s lap, St. Joseph stands behind him, and before them exoticly dressed people dismantle the gifts brought to bring them to Christ. The whole picture is imbued with the high spirits that guests usually bring with them.

Juicy, deep colors, playing a multitude of shades, create an amazing color, typical for Venetian painting. Bassano, who liked to fill his paintings with household details, placed here a silver dish, a golden jug, a half-open chest, which is bypassed by a dog lying next to one of the Magi’s crown, standing at the feet of Our Lady basket with nappies.

The artist carefully depicted everything that created a sense of reality, such as the crib in which Jesus was born. But the master also felt a craving for magic, the sensation of which was intensified in every way in his work: in the distance the landscape shimmering with marvelous colors was spreading, and the Bethlehem star had to shine for all.

Adoration of the Magi by Jacopo Bassano
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