Adoration of the Magi (Artemisia Gentileschi)

Adoration of the Magi is a 1635–1637 painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. Along with Saint Januarius in the Amphitheatre at Pozzuoli and Saints Proculus and Nicea, it was commissioned by Martín de León Cárdenas, bishop of Pozzuoli for Pozzuoli Cathedral. Adoration was held in Naples for around fifty years for conservation before being returning to its original position in the Cathedral in May 2014.

Adoration of the Magi
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ArtistArtemisia Gentileschi
Yearc. 1635–1637
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions310 cm × 206 cm (120 in × 81 in)
LocationPozzuoli Cathedral, Naples


On the appointment of a new bishop in 1631, the cathedral of Pozzuoli underwent significant renovations. Gentileschi's painting was one of three she was commissioned to execute for placement above the cathedral's choir stalls. Saint Januarius in the Amphitheatre at Pozzuoli, and Saints Proculus and Nicea are also still in place in the cathedral. It is likely that existing contacts of Gentileschi, such as the Viceroy of Naples (Manuel de Acevedo y Zúñiga), helped secure the commission for her. [1]


The group of paintings remained in the cathedral choir since their creation. After fire damage in 1964 they were transferred to the Certosa di San Martino.[2] They were later moved to the Museo di Capodimonte in nearby Naples,[3] before returning to Pozzuoli Cathedral in 2014.[2]


  1. ^ Bissell, R. Ward. (1999). Artemisia Gentileschi and the authority of art : critical reading and catalogue raisonné. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0-271-01787-2. OCLC 38010691.
  2. ^ a b "Immunity From Seizure: Artemisia" (PDF). The National Gallery, London. The National Gallery, London.
  3. ^ "Diocesi di Pozzuoli". Retrieved 2020-05-01.


  • Angelo D'Ambrosio - Storia di Pozzuoli... in pillole. Edizione D. Conte, Pozzuoli, 1959