Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas, Adoration of the Magi.

Adoration of the Magi. The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain worldwide due to the date of death of its author, 1455 ( it was published outside of the U.S.
and the author has been dead for over 70 years), and due to its date of publication ( it was first made public in the U.S. before 1923). Therefore this photographical reproduction is also in the public domain, at least in the United States (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.), in Germany, and in many other countries. Download high-resolution version (1888x1864, 1673 KB)

Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi: Adoration of the Magi. National Gallery, Washington, DC. Photograph: Alexander R. Pruss.

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Biblical Magi From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Christian tradition the Magi, also known as the Three Wise Men, The Three Kings, or Kings from the east, are Zoroastrian judicial astrologers from Ancient Persia. The Gospel of Matthew states that they came "from the east to Jerusalem" to worship the Christ, "born King of the Jews". According to Matthew, they navigated by following a star which came to be known as the Star of Bethlehem.

As they approached Jerusalem, Herod tried to trick them into revealing where Jesus was, so that he might be put to death. Upon finding Jesus, the Magi gave him an unspecified number of gifts, amongst which were three highly symbolic ones: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Because these three gifts were recorded, most believe there were three givers; however, the Scripture does not specify how many wise men came from the east.

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