December 29, 2013

The Veneration of the Magi in Iconography

Church of Saint Apollinaris in Ravenna, c. 561

Cappadocia, 12th century

Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Kremlin, 1481

Ferapontov Monastery in Russia, 1500

16th century Russian icon

Fourth century sarcophagus. The Virgin with the Child and Joseph are at the bottom right, and are brought Persian gifts from the Magi.

Daphni Monastery in Athens, late 11th century

Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere, 12th century

Chora Monastery in Constantinople, 1315-1320

Old Church of Saint Minas in Herakleion, painted by George Kastrofylakas in 1746

Church of Saint Katherine in Herakleion, 16th century

Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin, with detail of the Angel-Star of Bethlehem, 8th century

Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos in Thessaloniki, 1310-1320

The Return of the Magi from Bethlehem. Monastery of Saint Neophytos in Paphos, painted by the Constantinopolitan iconographer Theodore Apseudes in 1183.

Magi being led by an Angel, in the Chapel of the Akathist Hymn of the Monastery of Saint John Lambadistis in Kalapanagiotis, 1500

Three Magi before Herod. Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore in Rome, 5th century