The Adoration of the Magi

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Adoration of the Magi The “Adoration of the Magi”, is a masterpiece attributed to Peter Paul Rubens, created in the year 1618 through 1619. In the piece we can observe from left to right the three magi represented as kings looking at baby Jesus. As we continue from left to right we can see Virgin Mary holding Jesus with her hands while he touches one of the kings. And in the back, and all around the kings and Virgin Mary, there is a group of people looking what is happening in the room. The baroque piece shows extravagance and exaggeration on the people’s cloth and body type, I can say that because the three kings are very tall, big in body size, and highly strong; they are shown wearing fancy and extravagant cloth, with gold, blue, and red colors. The baby looks very big as well, a little fat ,and with a strong body for being just a baby. Another detail that we can observe in the painting is the contrast of light and darkness. Rubens focused the light on Jesus, Virgin Mary, and the three kings to make them the focal point in the painting and to create some type of link between them, to show a mutual composition, and he left in the dark the insignificant details. This painting is a religious piece of art that describes a passage from the bible. The purpose of this piece of art is to show the viewers the birth of Jesus and how the three kings show respect to him. The “Adoration of the Magi” relative size is 246 cm height by 243 cm width. The painting is really big and exaggerated, its objects and figures cover the entire canvas and creates a pyramidal composition where Jesus is in the top of it making him the most important thing in the painting. We can also see many lines coming from everywhere in the painting that make baby Jesus the focal point.
Rubens mainly used primary colors on this piece. Between…...

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