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Bramantino: 'The Adoration of the Kings'

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Unusually, the kings are poised to pay homage rather than doing so, and Joseph - or it may be Saint John the Baptist - prominently points to Christ.

The peaks at the extreme right were originally intended as towers. In front a tiny angel appears on a cloud, presumably to announce the Nativity to the shepherds.

A grid and diagonals converging on the vanishing point are incised. Bramantino worked in Milan and this painting probably dates from the 1490s.


 
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