Andrea Mantegna: Adoration of the Magi

 Painted for the Gonzaga Family of Mantua. The three kings, or Magi (from the Persian for "magician," represent the three continents known to the Medieval World, Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as the three ages of life: youth, maturity, and old age. 

    The Christ Child is posed to bless the Magi for their gifts.

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