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The Three Kings, or Magi, approach the infant Christ with their gifts. Despite their worldly wealth, they bow to Christ who is acclaimed as the King of Kings. The setting in a ruined classical building symbolises the fate of paganism and of the old gods. They will be ruined as a result of Christ’s divine mission. Bassano uses the theme to show off his skill in painting sumptuous robes and a splendid retinue of animals and servants.
oil on canvas
94.3 x 130 cm
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS EnglandView venue
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