Anonymous Follower of Giotto (Neapolitan School)

The Adoration of the Magi

Italy (1343)

Tempera and Ground Gold on Wood

Overall, with engaged frame, 26 1/8 x 18 3/8 in. (66.4 x 46.7 cm); painted surface, including tooled border, 21 3/8 x 15 in. (54.3 x 38.1 cm).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection

I have no idea why three very tiny Black women are there, but I like it. Notice the absence of the Black King; Italian adoration paintings seem less likely to feature a Black King than those from the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

Also, this is one of the paintings I come across when doing random searches and slogging through huge piles of information-the fact that these three Black women are there is not tagged or marked in any way in the database. I can’t find any more information or writing about this painting. It is attributed to an anonymous painter of the Neapolitan school, and I suppose it will remain a mystery.