Icon of the Adoration of the Magi
The representation is set in a scenic natural landscape. Mountains, rivers, a lake, a city, a bridge and a water-mill are represented. On the left, the Virgin Mary with Christ in her lap and Joseph standing behind her are turned to the Magi approaching from the right. The eldest man is preceding; he is depicted kneeled together with the two younger ones, standing behind him and offering the gifts to Christ. In the icon several compositional elements and expressive modes of the western painting are adopted the strongest of which are the shelter in the building, the garments worn by the figures and the landscape that comes from 14th and 15th century Italian art. These elements are introduced in the works by the artists of the Italo–Cretan school during the 15th and 16th centuries.
early 16th century
Height 43.5 cm; width 65 cm; thickness 3 cm
Material of Construction
Wood, egg tempera
D. Economopoulos Collection