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Adoration of the Magi  1549

by Pieter Coecke van Aelst

"Wise men from the East," in the Gospel of Matthew's account of Christ's birth, saw a new star and, believing it to be a divine omen, came to honor the one marked for future greatness. Whether extraordinary appearances must be divinely ordained or could be random was a "hot" question in the 1600s. The wise men were traditionally depicted as of different ages, and, by the R...
H: 39 1/2 x W: 54 in. (100.3 x 137.1 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum