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Balthazar, the African Magus

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Balthazar, one of the three kings who came to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Christ, is traditionally supposed to have come from Africa. He is shown here carrying a vessel containing his gift of myrrh. This painting, together with 'A papal Saint', must have formed side panels from an altarpiece. They might have been painted by the unidentified artist who painted a composition said to represent the marriage of Henry VI, now in the Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. The painting in Toledo has been dated between 1470 and 1500.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Balthazar, the African Magus


c. 1500


oil on panel


H 76 x W 31 cm

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Presented by Mrs Thomas Wood, 1938

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