The Journey of the Magi
By Adele Seronde
In Florence, Italy, in the Palazzo Riccardi Medici, there is a wondrous painting of dazzling colors by Bennozzo Gozzoli, called The Procession of the Magi. It covers three walls of a high-ceilinged room and it portrays the Three Wise Kings, who following a radiant star, shining above a humble stable in Bethlehem, to find the new King, Jesus.
Each of them: Casper, Melchior and Balthazar, is dressed in his particular finery: entwined turbans, embroidered capes or cloaks, and with jeweled crowns on their heads, riding their bedecked camels.
Following them is a magnificent cortege of courtiers, carriers, guarding soldiers, pages, astrologers-guides, all spangled in scarlets and purples, golds and ochres, royal blues and oranges- raiments of a painter’s delight. There are also prancing horses, pack mules and more camels laden with tents and bedding, water jars and cartons with mysterious contents. Continue reading