Spices were highly coveted items of tribute in Europe during the Renaissance. This magnificent fresco, of the procession of the Magi from the East to pay homage to the Christ Child, represents the celebrated Medici family of Florence in all their pomp and elegance. The gold spice-incense box held high by the bearer, on the right side of the image, is an acknowledgement of the importance of spices and unguents from Asia during the period.


  • Title: Journey of the Magi (East Wall)
  • Creator: Benozzo Gozzoli
  • Date Created: circa 1459–1461
  • Location: Magi Chapel of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence
  • Subject Keywords: Dr. Anna Spudich, India Spice Trade
  • Original Source: Magi Chapel of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Region: Florence
  • Bibliography: Attribution - Benozzo Gozzoli, Palazzo Medici Riccardi Florence

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