Adoration of the Magi

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Antonio Vivarini, Adoration of the Magi, 1445-47
The first impression of Adoration of the Magi by Antonio Vivarini, in one word was "Wow." The bright colors, movement of individuals was astonishing. However, after reading Michael Baxandall's "Period Eye" brought my views toward this painting became much more clear. 
During the 15th century in Italy, people were desperate to get their hands on a painting whether it was for their own pleasure, for honoring God, or their city. I guess commissioning artist was a popular trend at the time. As the time passes the requests became more complex. It was all about the artists skills not about the materials.

The painting Adoration of the Magi, seems chaotic and claustrophobic, but it shows the power and wealth of the commissioner.
Ultramarine blue and gold were popular colors and almost every commissioner requested these colors. Not only that, the colors all have their own astrological codes. Red means charity, gold means dignity and so on. The painting is pretty symmetrical and brings the attention to the center. Vivarini colored the corners dark so that the inner part of the painting is focused. The final detailing has been made with gold, and it catches the eyes quickly.

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