This three-part work, or triptych, is an outstanding example of a devotional painting made for private use. Its scale means that it could be moved and accompany its owner on their travels. Closed, the triptych shows the three kings’ visit to the new-born Christ. Opened, it depicts the Virgin Mary on a throne with her young son, between representations of his birth and death.

The Florentine Bernardo Daddi began his career as an apprentice of the painter Giotto, who is credited with introducing a more naturalistic style in Italian painting. This triptych is one of Daddi’s finest works. It is remarkable for its lively details, as well as its use of expensive pigments and thin sheets of pure gold.


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