The Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Dürer, an extraordinary loan from the Gallerie degli Uffizi, will be visible along the month of January at the Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Museo Diocesano in Milan.
Dürer is surely the most important German artist during the transition period from the late Gothic to the 16th century, considered also to be the first Northern Renaissance man, an accomplished painter and even more widely praised for his fine woodcuts and engravings.
The Adoration of the Magi, painted in 1504 just before his second trip to Italy, stands on the brink of two significant periods for the European Art and Architecture and gives insight into Dürer’s relationship to the religious and cultural changes of his time.
In this work Italian artistic models are mixed with Nordic elements – coming out, above all, in the fine details – while Dürer gives us also a self-portrait in the central figure, bearded, long-haired and wearing a sumptuously decorated outfit. The Virgin shows the Child to the three Magi, depicted as men of different ethnicities and three different ages. The German master interprets the scene with fantasy and refinement, showing great originality, both in the expressive performance and attitudes of the characters as well as in the definition of clothes, objects and background.
The ADORATION OF THE MAGI by Albrecht Dürer
Through February 5, 2017
Museo Diocesano – Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95 – Milan