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The Chapel of the Magi : Benozzo Gozzoli's Frescoes in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence - Christina Acidini Luchinat

The Chapel of the Magi

Benozzo Gozzoli's Frescoes in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence

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A glittering cavalcade of men and animals winds through a rocky landscape under an azure sky. The men are dressed in all the luxury of Italian fifteenth-century fashions, in brilliant colors, damask, gold brocade. They ride horses and camels with various exotic creatures to amuse them - dogs, cheetahs, peacocks and monkeys. In the background are forests and picturesque towered towns.
This is the procession of the Magi on their way to worship the newborn Christ, painted in the chapel of the Palazzo Medici, Florence, in 1459. The artist was Benozzo Gozzoli, formerly an assistant of Fra Angelico. For their sheer beauty, their precision, and their almost fairy-tale-like quality, these frescoes have always been among the most popular of all Western paintings. The Medici family chapel is a jewel-like room and, despite changes that have been made to it over the years, it houses the best preserved of Renaissance fresco cycles.
This magnificent volume reproduces the frescoes in all their glory, taking us through the chapel wall by wall - showing the entire surface and then series of details reproduced in actual size. It is in the details, with their vivid brushwork, that the magic of these frescoes resides: costumes, jewels, weapons, trees, distant castles, flowers, birds of all kinds, animals, streams, rocks - and faces, many of them identifiable portraits of Gozzoli's Florentine contemporaries, notably the powerful Medici themselves. These remarkable photographs were taken after the chapel's recent cleaning: not only do the colors glow with a new brilliance, but features have been revealed that could not have been seen before.
The photographs are complemented by lucid texts which examine the chapel as a whole, its art-historical context, the individual murals and the problems and procedures involved in the conservation of the paintings.

The Chapel of the Magip. 7
A Neoplatonic Pavementp. 25
The Adoration of the Child by the Workshop of Filippo Lippip. 29
The Chapel of the Magi: The Procession of the Magip. 39
The East Wallp. 43
The South Wallp. 119
The South-West Cornerp. 165
The West Wallp. 179
The Side Bandsp. 257
The Choirs of Angelsp. 264
The West Wall of the Chancelp. 269
The East Wall of the Chancelp. 303
The Altar Wallp. 353
The Chapel of the Magi in Benozzo Gozzoli's Oeuvrep. 357
The Medici and Citizens in The Procession of the Magi: A Portrait of a Societyp. 363
The Restoration of the Pictorial Cyclep. 371
Select Bibliographyp. 382
Indexp. 386
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780500236918
ISBN-10: 0500236917
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 17th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 26.67  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 2.72