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The Adoration of the Three Kings  1530

by Girolamo da Santacroce

Three wise men, or magi, from the East are described in the Gospels as having seen a new star and journeyed to pay tribute to the child marked as divine by the heavens. The wise men were often depicted as kings, and, by the Renaissance, the youngest was frequently depicted as an African, here holding a gold vessel containing myrrh, a precious resin from Arabia and Africa u...
H: 26 5/8 x W: 31 15/16 x D: 5/16 in. (67.7 x 81.2 x 0.8 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum