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Adoration of the Kings
Sandro Botticelli and Filippino Lippi

The painting must date from the early 1470s. The Virgin and Child, the king kissing Christ's foot and the larger figures behind the king are by Filippino Lippi. The shepherds on the right and the jostling followers of the kings on the left, as well as the dwarf and some of the figures in the central section, including the one gazing upwards (presumably at the star), are by Botticelli, and are close to the figures in his round painting of the same subject.

Lippi was recorded as in Botticelli's studio in this period but it is remarkable to find the master completing a composition begun by his younger pupil - the reverse of what we would expect.

Key facts
Artist Sandro Botticelli and Filippino Lippi
Artist dates about 1445 - 1510; about 1457 - 1504
Full title Adoration of the Kings
Date made about 1470
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 50.2 x 135.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1857
Inventory number NG592
Location in Gallery Not on display
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