Friday, June 2, 2017

The Three Magi before Herod (15th century)

The Three Magi before Herod (15th century)
stained glass window (41 cm diam.) — 15th century
Matthew 2:7 - Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
This is the lefthand panel of a triptych. On the right is the front, showing one of the three magi. On the left is the reverse of the panel. The scene displayed is either the Circumcision or t
King Herod has learned that someone was born who was to lead the people of Israel. Herod saw the newborn as a competitor who had to be neutralized as soon as possible. But he did not know where to find the child.

The three magi were also looking for the child. They were waiting for the star that would lead them to him. Herod calls them before him and asks them to let him know of the child's location. He tells the three that he too wishes to adore the child.

The three magi leave, find Jesus and decide not to tell Herod.

This coloured window has the shape of a medaillon. It is painted with yellow and gray dyes and was probably made in France in the beginning of the 15th century. The style is Gothic.
>>>> Adoration of the Magi

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