The Adoration of the Magi Artist: Luca Signorelli (Italian, Cortona, ca. 1450–1523)

ca. 1506

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Luca Signorelli was born in Cortona in Umbria but worked in Florence. His style is strongly influenced by the work of Antonio Pollaiuolo, whose important painting of Hercules and Deianeira may be seen in this gallery. This particular work depicting the three Magi offering gifts to the newly born Christ Child is part of a three panel predella which was originally made for a church in Cortona.


Tempera and oil on panel


35 × 43.8 cm (13 3/4 × 17 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves

Accession Number



16th century


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James Jackson Jarves Collection, Florence; said by Jarves to have been acquired by him from the Archbishop's Palace, Cortona.

"The Adoration of the Magi, together with a Nativity now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, once formed part of a predella which may originally have been attached to an altarpiece now in S. Domenico, Cortona; this was commissioned in 1515 by Giovanni Sernini who became bishop of Cortona in the following year. According to Jarves, he found the Yale Adoration in the bishop's palace there" (Neilson 1972, no. 14).
  • Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 600.
  • Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 302.
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Object/Work type

figures (representations), religious art

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