'Angels in Adoration' from the Medici Riccardi Chapel, after Benozzo Gozzoli
The Arundel Society
Date Made/Found: 1884-1885
, British, 1849 - 1897
Artist: possibly after
, Austrian, 1820 - 1895
, Italian, 1421 - 1497
, active 1880 - 1890
Material and Medium: chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions: Sight size: 757 x 466mm
Mount (Old gold coloured mount): 921 x 628mm
Accession Number: CGSG01649
This print depicts a small section of fresco or wall painting in the private chapel of the Medici Palace in Florence. The Medici, a powerful, ruling family in Renaissance Florence finished their chapel in 1449 and commissioned fresco decoration from the Florentine artist Benozzo Gozzoli. The Magi, or Three Kings with a multitude of attendants are shown processing along the walls, and this detail is taken from the altar area of the chapel where angels kneel in adoration of the Christ Child.
The Arundel Society produced prints from various areas of this highly-decorative chapel; all are filled with background details that show typical landscapes and architecture from around Florence, mingled with exotic animals and plants to give the work a luxurious feel. The society’s aim was to bring art to people who would have little chance of seeing original work for the good of ‘public taste’ and to provide an affordable resource to art students.