(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)

The Adoration of the Magi

c. 1445
Panel, diameter 137,4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Documents indicate the this tondo may have originally belonged to Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence and patron of Renaissance artists. Following the three kings a splendid procession, symbolizing all the races of mankind, waits to pay homage to the new-born Christ. The peacock is a symbol of Resurrection. Some scholars believe that Fra Angelico laid out the composition and painted the Virgin and Child and at least some of the figures at the upper right; then his associate and fellow monk Fra Filippo Lippi completed the work.