“The Adoration of the Magi,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting

“The Adoration of the Magi,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting
“The Adoration of the Magi,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Jacopo Bassano
  • Museum: Museum of the History of the Arts, Vienna
  • Year: 1576-1580

Overview of the painting :

Wolves worship – Jacopo Bassano. 1576-1580. Oil on canvas. 125×140

   The work of Jacopo Bassano continues the traditions of that direction of Venetian painting, which is marked by an increased holiday. This line was developed by Gentile Bellini, Vittor Carpaccio, Titian and Paolo Veronese. In this picture, which the artist co-authored with his son Leandro, the plot itself helped create a bright, multi-voiced and at the same time lyrical in spirit.

   Almost his entire first plan is occupied by the Magi, who “noisy crowd” on horses, donkeys and camels came from distant countries to bow to the born Savior. The baby is sitting on Maria’s lap, behind St. Joseph, and in front of them exoticly dressed people take apart the gifts brought to bring them to Christ. The whole picture is imbued with the raised mood that guests usually bring with them. Juicy, deep colors, playing with many shades, create an amazing color characteristic of Venetian painting.

   Bassano, who loved to fill his canvases with household details, placed here a silver dish, a golden jug, a half-open chest that bypasses a dog lying next to one of the Magi crows, his crown standing at the feet of Our Lady’s basket with diapers. The artist carefully portrayed everything that created a sense of the reality of what was happening, for example, the stable in which Jesus was born. But the master also felt a craving for the magic, the feeling of which in every possible way strengthened in his work: a landscape that shattered with marvels in the distance, and the path of Bethlehem star shines on everyone.