Saturday, December 18, 2021

Picturing Mary: Day 18


The Adoration of the Magi. 1490-1500, Book of Hours Central France

Mary holds Jesus as the magi, pictured as medieval kings, present their gifts. Joseph stands in the stable and Mary sits behind a woven fence, possibly a symbol of her virginity, alluding to a verse from the Song of Solomon, “a garden enclosed is my sister, my bride”

The adoration of the Magi was a popular subject, a chance to paint some colour and bling, but this portrayal emphasises the simplicity of the moment.

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