(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

Adoration of the Magi (detail)

Tempera on panel
National Gallery, London

Botticelli portrays the retinue of the Magi in splendid and luxurious garments. Thus must the parades of the Florentine Brotherhood of the Magi have appeared, who imitated the processions of the Biblical Magi in Botticelli's day, with members of the most important families participating in pompous attire.