This Adoration comes from the most distinguished place imaginable: the private chapel in the Palazzo Medici-Ricardi, to which Benozzo Gozzoli's famous fresco of the 'Medici Family as the Magi' led (and still 'in situ'). Lippi created this adoration in about 1459. Variations (Florence, Uffizi) were painted after 1453 and, again for the Medici, around 1463. This completely unusual scenario in the depths of a dense forest and the lavish details conceal at first how poorly the perspective has been handled and the antiquated treatment of the cracks in the rocks. The unusual iconography has scarcely anything in common with traditionally narrated pictures of Christ's birth. The boy John, looking thoughtfully out of the picture, and Bernard of Clairvaux at prayer, prototypes of the repentance-preacher and the hermit, emphasize the meditative atmosphere.