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Advent Calendar 2004

December 22

The Adoration of the Magi, by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Article by Joseph Phelan
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Domenico Ghirlandaio: The Adoration of the Magi (detail)  
Following the path of the star, the three wise men come to Bethlehem: the reason for the great light in the sky is an infant in the manager. This is the King of Kings, the child who will change mankind's history.

Legend has it that they brought gifts worthy of such a king, and symbolic of his future: gold (kingship), frankincense (divinity), and myrrh (death).


This article is copyright 2002-04 by Joseph Phelan. Please do not republish any portion of this article without written permission.


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