Adoration of the Magi - Paolo Veronese. Z55,6xZ20
Three magi who came from the East, following the guiding star, found Mary and the Baby in Bethlehem. This house looks like a dilapidated building and symbolizes the Old Testament. Well, Christ appeared on earth to replace him with the New Testament. The picture shows that this "house" is attached to the ruins of a majestic building in the classical style with a triumphal arch in the background - an indication of Rome. In the foreground are the magi with their retinue. In addition to the gospel characters, Veronese, as usual, introduces many other participants into the scene, turning the sublime act of worshiping the Infant (that is, recognition of His Divine nature) into a magnificent celebration in his own style.
The diagonal that dominates in the picture, which is formed by a stream of light pouring from heaven with figures of angels on it, “responds” to another, drawn at right angles to this ray - from the figures of the Magi. Madonna and Child are at the intersection of lines - a wonderful and unique compositional solution!
The work is dated, Roman numerals are displayed on the bottom step of the stairs (bottom right). It was written for the church of San Silvestro in Venice and remained there until it was rebuilt in the 19th century. "Adoration of the Magi" - this is not an altar image, the picture hung on the wall of the nave next to the altar of the brotherhood of St. Joseph.