Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Sienese, ca. 1400–1450)
Tempera and gold on wood
8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (21.6 x 29.8 cm)
Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943 (43.98.1)
This panel originally formed the upper part of an Adoration of the Magi, of which the lower section shows the magi presenting their gifts to the Christ Child (Chigi-Saracini Collection, Siena). The Museum's fragment shows the magi and their attendants on their way to Bethlehem, and is one of Sassetta's most poetic works. The star at the lower right originally hung over the figures of the Madonna and Child.