A Month of Christmas: Adoration of the Magi & Albrecht Dürer

The Adoration of the Magi or Adoration of the Kings is the name traditionally given to the subject in the Nativity of Jesus in art in which the three Magi, represented as kings, especially in the West, having found Jesus by following a star, lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and worship him. It is related in the Bible by Matthew 2:11: … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Adoration of the Magi & Albrecht Dürer

A Month of Christmas: The Nativity and the Grabow Altarpiece

Taking a look through my Christmas stamps in preparation for this “Month of Christmas” series, I noticed that the vast majority show scenes from the Nativity with significantly more images of the Madonna and Child than the Adoration of the Magi or the Adoration of the Shepherds. Portrayals of Santa Claus, gifts, Christmas trees, and reindeer are in the minority. Ironically, I have never been … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: The Nativity and the Grabow Altarpiece