DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Adoration of the Magi (detail)

Oil on wood
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The architectural ruins create an impression of depth in the composition and far away rises a fortified hill town, like those which Dürer saw on his visit to Italy. The shapes and colours of the ruins, the horsemen in the background and distant landscape, all create a marvellous balance with the Nativity scene.