Viewing Reaction For The Adoration Of Magi – Assignment Example

Looking In: A Critique of Botticelli’s “Adoration of the Magi” 16th June Sandro Botticelli’s “Adoration of the Magi” is a moving piece that depicts a wise man kneeling before the virgin and baby Jesus while others stand around. It is speculated that one of the men is the artistic image of Botticelli, himself.
Botticelli uses a blend of light and dark royal colors, mostly red, blue and gold, which help to portray the seriousness of the image. Also visible in the background is a calm day – subtle but lovely, much the same as the image Botticelli is trying to portray. In fact, it seems that almost everyone present is wearing some form of blue, especially pale blue, which amounts to an ethereal feeling; whereas the reds balance it out to portray the passion that Botticelli had for the virgin and the baby Jesus.
The color scheme works well with the abundance of positive space used within the painting, and in all the right places. The viewers are not too close to the virgin, nor too far behind, which puts negative space right where it would be, had this been a real image. It also helps to put emphasis on the magi and the virgin, making them stand out as the center of the image.
The form of the figures in the painting, as well as the ruins which they are in, is done with justice. There is a sharp contrast of lines, and a lack of definite shading. This makes it easy to distinguish each figure as its own, rather than being blended together.
By studying Botticelli’s painting, one gets the feeling that all is calm. Yet there is also the hint that this moment is something that one should not be viewing, as all the members of the audience have their heads turned away.
Outline
A. Introduction
B. Color Scheme
C. Use of Negative and Positive Space
D. Form and Lines
E. Conclusion
Sources:
Cykler, E., Martin, G., Miller, J., & Wold, M. (1995). Music and Art in the Western World. McGraw-Hill.