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Probably by Zanobi Strozzi, The Adoration of the Kings

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Full title The Adoration of the Kings
Artist Probably by Zanobi Strozzi
Artist dates 1412 - 1468
Date made about 1433-4
Medium and support Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions 19 × 47.4 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1857
Inventory number NG582
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Adoration of the Kings
Probably by Zanobi Strozzi

Three men have followed a star – you can see it just inside the stable – to pay homage to the infant Christ. These wise men, sometimes called kings – here they all have crowns – are shown kneeling before him. One has set his crown aside and kisses the newborn’s foot, showing reverence to him.

This panel has been associated with the Florentine painter Zanobi Strozzi, who was also a skilled manuscript illuminator. Illuminations were often highly decorative with plenty of gold leaf and minute attention to detail. The meadow that the kings and their attendants kneel in is filled with a variety of tiny flowers and grasses; some look like daisies. Their costumes are embellished with gold patterns.

We don’t know which altarpiece this predella (the lowest part of an altarpiece) panel belonged to, but it has been connected with a panel showing the Nativity of Christ in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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