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Three Wise Men Art
Written by Joyce   

The three wise men, or magi, who visited Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh are interesting for several reasons.

One is that the wise men are heavily featured in early Christian art. Another is the mystery surrounding these men - who they were, where they came from and how they learned about the birth of Christ.

Three wise men art was created as early as the third century as far as we know, and have been present since. From this it's fairly safe to assume that they held great significance for early Christians, likely because they signify that Jesus was recognized as the Savior from the very beginning.

It's never actually mentioned in Matthew that there  were three of them, only that they came bearing three different gifts. Also that they came from the East, but where precisely is a subject of speculation, as are the names they have been given later. In many ways, individual artists have played a major part in bringing life to this relatively short chapter in the New Testament. The following pieces of three wise men art were painted by Botticelli, Rubens and Rembrandt.

 

   

 

 
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