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Jheronimus Bosch Adoration of the Magi, Prado, Metropolitan

  1. 1. Matthew 2:11: “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
  2. 2. Jheronimus Bosch Adoration of the Magi Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  3. 3. Jheronimus Bosch, Jérôme Bosch The Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des mages 1475 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City an adoration scene, figures here are largely conventional, and beautifully painted
  4. 4. the ruins of an old castle … the naked infant Christ sat up on the Virgin Mary’s lap, Mary wears her customary blue robes, Joseph, ageing, kneels, supporting himself on a walking stick the Magi, the first to pay homage kneels to present a golden ewer and basin, he has removed his hat, which incorporates a gold coronet; the second presents bearing a spherical ciborium containing myrrh which is decorated with a phoenix; the third holds an Gothic ciborium with frankincense
  5. 5. an ox, a window in the wall and the face and hands of a man, two shepherds, one warming his right hand over a small open fire, a dog with a collar an owl hiding in the shadow of a small opening, a bird, a egg
  6. 6. four angels spread a large green tarpaulin, a fifth angel at the top of the tower three small armies on the move, crows pick at the skeleton of a dead animal, a body hangs from a gibbet
  7. 7. Jheronimus Bosch, Jérôme Bosch The Adoration of the Magi, triptych, called the Prado Epiphany L’Épiphanie, L'Adoration des Mages, triptyque 1494 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid the Prado Epiphany an enigmatic work, seductive and difficult to interpret
  8. 8. The open triptych the central panel shows the adoration of the Christ child by the three kings, the side panels depict the work’s patrons the three panels form a continuous view of the local Brabant countryside, with its low rolling hills, and a city in the distance
  9. 9. The central panel shows the Adoration of the Magi, depicted in accordance with traditional Early Netherlandish iconography a precarious hut, a monumental Mary, the child Christ sitting on his lap
  10. 10. Melchior kneeling with his gift: a sculpture of gold with the Sacrifice of Isaac, a forecast of Jesus' Passion; below the object are several toads, symbols of heresy Caspar offers the Child incense on a golden plate; the upper part of its cloak is decorated with one of the biblical themes: the Queen of Sheba presenting her gifts to Solomon Balthazar brings a spherical vessel whose reliefs depict the Offer of Water to King David, and which contains myrrh; the phoenix gathering grain in its beak, evokes the Resurrection of Christ
  11. 11. an anti-Christ, wearing an ornate crown, and clutching a helmet, partly undressed, and has an old wound on his right lower leg two concealed owls, one of them in the upper part of the hayloft, gazing at the dead mouse and symbolizing of the evil nature of the fourth king
  12. 12. two shepherds are leaning over the thatched roof to view the scene below, and three others are below them a house whose flag with a swan and the dovecote above identify it as a brothel; a man pulling a tethered horse ridden by a monkey, an allusion to lust two armies of men on horseback, they have been identified as Herod’s soldiers seeking out Jesus to kill him a windmill, a town in the background must be Bethlehem
  13. 13. The side panels The left panel in the foreground Saint Peter presenting the donor, Joseph drying cloths in front of a small open fire, a small group of figures on a field The right panel Saint Agnes presenting the supplicant wife of the donor, a lamb, a man is being savaged by a wolf, a city on a promontory
  14. 14. olga_oes Jheronimus Bosch Adoration of the Magi L'Adoration des Mages images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys Epiphany PianoCello Cover created olga.e. thanks for watching

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