"The Adoration of the Magi" by Giotto

Painted in 1320 and located today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the “Adoration of the Magi” was once part of a series of paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ. The simple landscape serves as a backdrop to the manger under which a reclining Virgin Mary looks on in concern at Joseph who appears to be the victim of an old switcheroo. The oldest magus has occupied Joseph’s hands with his gift while he brazenly reaches into the trough-turned-crib to pick up the Christ child. Buona visione!


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