About the Artists
The Adoration of the Magi appears to be the product of two artists; Fra Angelico may only have started the altarpiece, the greatest part of the work having been taken up by Fra Filippo Lippi. Fra Angelico was a Dominican known for his great monastic devotion. His saintly deportment is mirrored in the quiet piety of his paintings. His style is seen in the pure, simple form of the Virgin Mary's head and the gentle refinement of her features. Fra Filippo used an earthy style to portray massive forms and well-articulated figures. In the Adoration, the richly attired wise men and their attendants, as well as the broad-faced Joseph beside the Virgin, are usually attributed to him.
This best-selling National Gallery of Art boxed holiday card set depicts a detail from The Adoration of the Magi (c. 1440/1460) by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi. The inside greeting reads: "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year."
This brilliantly colored, richly decorated circular panel presents a splendid vision of the arrival of the Magi, accompanied by a courtly entourage. While several elements of the painting can be seen as symbolic—for example, the peacock was considered a symbol of immortality—the Adoration can also simply be appreciated for its sparkling color, delightful details, and festive gaiety.
- 16 cards, 16 envelopes
- 7 x 5 inches