Friday, January 6, 2017
Happy Three Kings Day!
Happy Epiphany in an ever darkening world. Today in a world coming apart along national, ethnic, sectarian, and racial lines we remember Christ's manifestation to the Gentiles.
There are a lot of great paintings of the Visit of the Magi from the Renaissance, but my favorite of them all is this painting by Rogier Van Der Weyden, the Columba Altarpiece from around 1455.
It was painted for the family chapel of Goddert von dem Wasservass, a burgomaster of the city of Cologne in the church of Saint Columba. The painting stood on the altar of that chapel until about 1821. Since 1827, The Alte Pinakothek in Munich housed the painting.
Here are my photos of it from 2014, an encore presentation.
Legend says that the young Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy was the model for this figure.
Posted by Counterlight at Friday, January 06, 2017