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    Artist Name:

    Benvenuto Tisi

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    Italian, 1481 – 1559


    Adoration of the Magi


    ca. 1534


    Oil on panel


    15 1/8 x 23 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
    This is a typical and very fine work of Benvenuto Tisi’s middle period, from about 1520 to 1530. The Madonna is seated in the center foreground holding the Christ child as Joseph stands behind her, silhouetted against the dark entrance to the cave. They are surrounded by the Magi and a group of followers extends into the distant landscape. With a dark cave entrance, trees in the center, and a view of the distant landscape, the composition recalls Giorgione’s Nativity. According to Vasari, the two artists had a friendly personal relationship, which could explain the compositional similarities.

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