Wolves worship, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423

Wolves worship, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423
Wolves worship, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423 - 1

  • Posted by: Gentile da Fabriano
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1423

Overview of the painting :

Witch worship – Gentile da Fabriano. 1423, wood, tempera. 303×282
   Painting by Gentile da Fabriano (about 1370 – 1427) represents such a trend in European art as international Gothic. The altar “The Wolves Worship” was created by the Santa Trinita Church in Florence for the Strozzi Chapel.

   The crowded colorful procession is depicted moving towards the foreground of the picture. Gospel story about the kings, who came to bow to the Baby Christ, interpreted here in the spirit of a medieval chivalric novel: one of the Magi of the servant is tied with spur, which emphasizes the belonging of his master to chivalry, scenes of hunting are inscribed in the picture, and the way many characters hold on can be defined by the word “courtouise” – just take a look, eg, on the maids on the left. This work is interesting to consider, because it is full of wondrous details, for example, Baby Christ strokes the head of an elderly wise man kissing him with a leg. Among those who came from afar, who are only not there – young and elderly, knights and hunters. The picture contains not only people, but also animals – a lion, a cheetah, monkeys, a falcon. It seems that the artist also used the plot in order to depict the wealth of the world led by him.

   This altar image is painted with pure, shining, like jewels, flowers, and its decorativeness is enhanced by gold drawn here and there. The frame was made according to the drawing of the master himself, who included small images in it and thought out the decor to the smallest detail.

   The altar’s foreground consists of three picturesque parts representing “Christmas’s Nativity”, “Run to Egypt” and “Brought to the Temple”. Art historian Viktor Lazarev wrote: “In his altar image, the most beautiful and festive picture of the early quatrocento, Jentila depicted the feudal world that had left the historical scene in all its splendor, with all its seemingly attractive features, in the halo of its“ chivalrous romance ”.