Leonardo da Vinci's Magic Cosmos: the Restored Adoration of the Magi

Uffizi

28 March - 24 September 2017 (postponed until 1 October) - Events

Leonardo da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi is back at the Uffizi after six years of a crafty restoration work and diagnostic inspection carried out by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, with the financial support of the Amici degli Uffizi. The panel was commissioned from Leonardo by the Austin Friars for their church of San Donato in Scopeto in 1481. The artist's departure for Milan in 1482, however, caused him to leave it unfinished and  led the friars to entrust Filippino Lippi with another altarpiece with the same subject, which was completed in 1496. Indeed, after a lengthy preliminary study, Leonardo interrupted the execution and the painting was housed in the Benci family’s palace in Florence for some time before entering the Medici's collections. It is the largest panel by Leonardo which has come down to us (cm. 246 x 243). Its restoration not only solved a number of conservation problems but also permitted the recovery of its unexpected colours and full readability, which is extremely rich in enthralling details opening up new prospects with regard to its complex iconographical significance. Alongside Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi, the exhibition also hosts Filippino Lippi's version of 1496 in a fascinating interplay highlighting both the differences in the two masters' temperament and their different interpretation of the same theme resulting from the political and cultural changes occurred in Florence in just over a decade.

Opening hours:

08:15am – 06:50pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Closed on Monday. 

Opening hours:

08:15am – 06:50pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Closed on Monday.