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The Adoration of the Magi

Bartolo di Fredi (Italian, active by 1353–died 1410 Siena)

ca. 1390
Tempera and gold on wood
58 1/2 x 35 1/8 in. (148.6 x 89.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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  • Description

    The most important painter in Siena in the second half of the fourteenth century, Bartolo di Fredi produced numerous altarpieces and fresco cycles over a period of approximately fifty years. This "Adoration of the Magi" is closely related to another depiction by the artist of the same subject, now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena. Like the celebrated painting in Siena, this composition originally included the procession of the Magi in the upper zone. Two headless camels and the legs of two attendants and a dog in the upper left corner offer evidence of the once amplified narrative. A fragment of the upper panel is preserved in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon.

  • Provenance

    J. A. Ramboux, Cologne; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, 1867 (J. Niessen, Verzeichniss der Gemälde-Sammlung des Museums Wallraf-Richartz in Köln, 1869, pp. 138-139, no. 763); Edward Hutton, London (letter of Mrs. A. E. Goodhart to the Frick Art Reference Library, December 20, 1934); Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Goodhart, New York, by 1924 (ms. note by R. Offner in the Frick Art Reference Library). Bequeathed by Mrs. Goodhart to Robert Lehman in 1952.

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