Monday, January 6, 2014

Indigenous Art for Epiphany

Happy Epiphany and 2014 to everyone!  I hope you've had/are having a blessed Christmas season.  Epiphany is "a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God" (Wikipedia).  The Magi have long fascinated me, so for today's post I thought I'd share a few examples of indigenous depictions of the Magi's visit to honor the Christ child, which haven't been featured yet on this blog. Two other recent examples I've posted are my Christmas Day post and this image.  Enjoy!

Wise Men from the East by Iranian painter Hossein Behzad (1894 –1968)

Adoration of the Wise Men by Iranian painter
Hossein Behzad (1894 –1968)

For more about Iranian Christian artist Hossein Behzad, click here and here.

The Dream of the Magi in the St. Albans Psalter, about 1130.
Tempera and gold on parchment

The Franks Casket, 7th Century.  Adoration of the Magi on the right side.

Three Wise Men by Linda Syddick, acrylic on Belgian Linen, 90x60cm, 2008

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