The artwork suggests a simple illustration that reveals the classic style at the time while still depicting a story. The artist had seized inspiration from an array of sculptures and previous paintings for his artwork, Adoration of the Kings. The painting differs from Masaccio's previous work in which the artist focused on solemnly depicting scenes of religious events and figures.
Instead within the artwork the viewer is able to witness a different theme that still carries history and significance.
The painting was conceived as a altarpiece for a chapel in Pisa, as an array of the artistÕs other popular work was as well, including painting, Maria and Child. The Adoration of the Kings is Masaccio's first narrative religious painting in which the artist showcases a biblical scene. The captivating presence within the artwork is Masaccio placing the three Kings near one another as they receive the praise of the people.
Masaccio's artwork at the time came about during an era of Fresco paintings and innovative sculptures, finding a style that was able to seize all of these elements into one. The artist used an array of bright colours, gold materials, biblical stories, and characters in order to manifest his own style while still incorporating popular themes within art at the time. Though his, the artist is coined as the forefather of the renaissance movement as it was his artwork that up rose and dominated.
Masaccio held a steep understanding of realism in which he intertwined elements of impeccable detail with foggy colour in order to find an artistic style that showcased detail yet was captivating. His work showcases layers of drama and questions as viewers are constantly seized with an array of questions as to what is exactly occurring within the artwork.
While the scene showcases the city people gathering with one another as they bow down to the kings in adoration, the array of different characters and their significance remains unanswered. The prominent question is as to why the setting of the art piece is based outside near a barn.
Perhaps the setting is meant to resemble the natural scene of the birth of Jesus that took place in a barn, showing the purity and gentleness of the rulers.
Yet, more so the natural setting is meant to illustrate the dedication of the figures to the kings as they adorn their presence and kneel. The horses signify their vast travels to witness their holy presence as they bring gifts and tokens in respect.