Friday, December 26, 2008

Is This Really by Sassetta?

I finally found a higher-res image of Sassetta's Adoration of the Magi, but now that I've seen it, I dislike it far more than the Journey of the Magi. In fact, while I definitely am not an Italian late-mediaeval specialist, to me it looks as if it may be by a different hand. For one thing, there's the experiment with the perspectival horse's butt on the left side, while the Journey seems to lack that sort of innovation. And the figures and lighting seem subtly different than those in the Journey. Hmmm, will have to think on this for a bit. I'm on terra incognita here.

1 comment:

Angela and Melinda said...

I take back what I said about the experiment with horses' butts. There is indeed a perspectivally angled horse butt in Sassetta's Journey of the Magi.