This painting from Spain has two longer side panels and two central shorter panels. It is after, and the artist’s interpretation of the famous frescoes by the Rennaissance master Benozzo Gozzoli painted in the Magi Chapel in Palazzo, Medici Riccardi of Florence, Italy.
HISTORY OF GOZZOLI's FRESCOES: *The Magi Chapel in Florence, Italy, has a famous cycle of frescoes by the Renaissance master Benozzo Gozzoli, painted in 1459-1461.
Gozzoli painted his cycle over three of the walls, the subject being the Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem, but the religious theme was a pretext to depict the procession of important people who arrived in Florence in occasion of the Council of Florence (1438-1439). In this occasion the Medici could boast to have favored the reconciliation between the Catholic and the Byzantine churches. The luxury of the Byzantine dignitaries is manifest, and shows the impression they would have at the time on the Florentine population.
Gozzoli portrayed a rich Tuscan landscape, probably influence by Early Netherlandish artists – perhaps via tapestries, which Piero the Gouty, who commissioned the frescoes, collected. Members of the Medici family and their entourage are shown riding in the foreground of the fresco on the east wall.
Gozzoli’s patron, Piero de’ Medici, felt some of the seraphim were unsuitable, and wanted them painted over. Although the artist agreed to do this, it was never actually done.
In the 17th century, parts of the frescoes were destroyed to create access for the new staircase, where the entrance now is. *From Wikipedia
INFORMATION ABOUT THESE PAINTINGS: We think this artist did a type of panel board painting in which canvas is applied to the board with rabbit glue and then layered with gesso and sanded to give a very smooth surface upon which to paint. Once the panel construction was complete, the design was laid out in charcoal in thin line drawings. The artist may have used tempera which uses an egg-yolk medium. Using small brushes dipped in a mixture of pigment and egg-yolk, the paint was applied in very small strokes. Because tempera dries quickly and is not conducive to mistakes, each stroke had to be perfect each time. This exacting perfection shaped the nature and style of the art produced. These panels will bring much enjoyment to anyone viewing them.
Condition: Chips to painting and gesso mostly around the borders; far upper left panel has area where there is loss of paint; craquelure in areas, and fading of paint in some area.