Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

Great Hours of Anne of Brittany The adoration of the Magi, f. 64v


The adoration of the Magi, f. 64v

Master Bourdichon has portrayed the stable exactly like the one in the Nativity painting. The three Wise Men arrive one after the other. Melchior is shown kneeling before the Child offering him gold. Curiously enough, the crown he has removed as a sign of respect is shown hanging from his left arm. His handsome profile of an old man has all the signs of being an actual portrait.
King Caspar offers incense whilst Balthasar, the black king, gives the new-born myrrh. A figure riding a camel can be made out behind him.
The painter has chosen sunset to be able to include the light of the star of Bethlehem in this scene.

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