Following the Star of the Renaissance

Words by Aleid Ford

The Gospels speak of wise men from the East travelling to Bethlehem led by a star when Christ was born. In the 2nd century, these men became the subject of popular legends. They were thought to be kings, names were invented for them and they were often depicted as representing the three ages of man. The 'Adoration of the Magi' narrative has received different interpretations in art throughout history and it is through three Italian works, by Giotto, Gentile da Fabriano and Masaccio, that we can begin to trace a Renaissance in art