Among the outstanding Venetian artists with interest it is necessary to observe the works of Paolo Veronese. Like other famous masters of the 16th century, he was interested in religious painting. The painting “Adoration of the Magi” was created on this vast and deep topic. A large oil painting with a popular biblical plot was completed by 1573.
The "worship" of Veronese authorship was intended for the Venetian church of San Silvestro. The work is distinguished by its colorful illustrations and multi-figure composition. A common motif depicting the birth of Christ in a dilapidated stable is repeated in the picture of the Venetian painter.
The wooden planks of a dilapidated house symbolize the Old Testament. These buildings rest against new antique columns with skillfully carved arches and balustrades. The second architectural building is the era of the New Testament, which opens with the birth of Jesus.
The composition is filled with many figures of people, animals and angels. Near the sitting Mary with the Baby, the magi who came from the East bow. The remaining characters gathered here with curiosity turned their eyes to the Madonna and Christ. The artist added a bright, swift ray of light from heaven, indicating a divine pair.
Veronese did a great job on depicting the clothes of all the heroes of the canvas.
Magi are dressed in expensive multi-colored fabrics. Next to them is a retinue in armor and ordinary people. You can observe the shepherd in the very corner of the picture, which holds the dog by the leash.
The painter tried to convey the biblical scene in its exalted grandeur. The act of worshiping a born Baby is shown emotionally and festively. At the same time, the author depicted in a crowd of his contemporaries: the expression of their faces, clothes, gestures. The result was a grandiose canvas that invariably attracted the attention of visitors to the London Gallery.
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