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Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the Kings 1726

Oil on canvas | 325.5 x 291.5 cm | RCIN 405743

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This painting belongs to a series of seven large paintings of scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, probably commissioned by Smith to decorate his Venetian palazzo. Here the artist conveys the magnificence of the three kings who have come to adore the Christ Child. Sebastiano Ricci studied the paintings of his Venetian predecessor Paolo Veronese (1528–88). Two other paintings from the series are on display at the centre of the long walls in this gallery.