Jesus meeting with the Three
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Called Magi, the Three Kings or just Wise Men, these gentlemen dropped
off expensive gifts to Jesus around the time birth in Bethlehem then just
disappeared back out of the Bible. They make an especially picturesque
subject around Christmas time. Commentary literature generally places
these men as coming from various areas in Persia though from Christmas
cards they have been depicted from all sorts of regions of the world.
One of the possible compelling motivations for Jesus visit the East was
a desire to pay these persons a return visit. Here we see him in a throne
room environment being approached by a monkey. The animal was introduced
to give a certain atmosphere of "exotics." The drawing was ultimately
rejected as monkeys and apes in general seem
too much a whimsical caricature men to be included in the series.
The redone picture is on the next page.
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