For the first time in its history, in 2019, the Masterpiece for Milan of the Museo Diocesano will be a work created by a woman - the Adorazione dei Magi by Artemisia Gentileschi, which will come to Lombardy’s top city from the Cathedral of Pozzuoli at the end of October to welcome citizens and tourists alike in getting into the spirit of the Christmas holidays. The first important public commission of the artist, the work also represents the most important recognition of her career - offering her the work was the Spanish Bishop Martìn de Lèon y Cardenas in a moment where Naples and its environs were the most flourishing artistic centres of the entire Italian peninsula. Artemisia, for her part, was already a famed artist - getting past the trauma and scandal of her rape which made her flee Rome, she went on to success in Florence and Venice, despite fierce competition. Her Neapolitan colleagues offered new input to integrate into the lessons she had already learned from her beloved Caravaggio. In the Adorazione dei Magi, her intense yet essential colours come together with dazzling effects of light and shadow, drawing the eye to the very truth of the canvas itself. Dignity and tenderness, splendour and intimacy come together in this representation of this episode from the New Testament, amidst fine cloths, wisely staged playful glances and an elegant theatricality.