"Large Table 'nativity And Adoration Of The Magi', Venetian-cretan School XVIth Century"Veneto-Cretan Master of the late sixteenth century
Nativity with the adoration of the Magi
oil on table
cm. 69 x 84
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The splendid Nativity with Adoration of the Magi proposed, performed on the table in the second half of the sixteenth century, is articulated around the figures of the Child Jesus with Mary; on the right, next to them, St. Joseph, while on the left are portrayed the three Magi. The elder one, kneeling in adoration of the Child while he kisses his hand, has already laid the crown at the feet of the Virgin with a page that holds the precious mantle, while the second and the third await their moment to honor the holy family, with their precious gifts still in hand.
The work is part of that artistic current that today we call 'Veneto Cretese'; it was precisely the Venetian domination that generated the Cretan Renaissance, which made the meeting between the two artistic traditions profitable; Here the Byzantine style incorporated western iconographic elements, more precisely Venetian, Flemish, Tuscan, giving rise to an interesting process of contamination fueled by the high demand for icons, especially by the many Venetian merchants.
The innovation also started from the color, enamelled according to the Byzantine taste but tonal and changing according to the lesson of the serenissima, reaching outcomes of curious elegance and the table in question offers us an example worthy of interest.Made according to a generally widespread form, as confirmed by analogous compositions present in numerous collections (for example, look at the table style with the same subject kept at the civic art gallery in Faenza - photo in detail), these are works produced for domestic devotion.
The table is in excellent condition.
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