The Magi in Italian art

Adorazione dei Magi, Giotto

Giotto, 1303-1305, fresco, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

January 6th is the Christian holiday of the Epiphany, when the three Magi visit the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. Here is how the extraordinary episode was told by Matthew in the Gospel:

the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh (Matthew 2:9-11).

Centuries later, the “Adoration of the Magi” would become a favorite theme in Italian art… we hope you enjoy our selection of masterpieces from the 14th to the 17th centuries in the gallery below!

January 6, 2017