The Adoration of the Magi

Artist: Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) (Italian, Siena 1398–1482 Siena)

Date: ca. 1460

Medium: Tempera and gold on wood

Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (27 x 23.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.60.4


Giovanni di Paolo’s talents as a miniaturist are seen to advantage in this enchanting painting from the base (predella) of an altarpiece. The artist gives the story a distinctly human touch: the young king congratulates the aged Joseph while the middle-aged king doffs his crown. For more information about this painting, and other panels from the altarpiece, visit