The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany

The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany
 

The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany

 

The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany

Among the gifts offered by the Magi to the Christ-child at Epiphany, according to the evangelical accounts, gold is prominent and, for that reason, there was no more opportune way for showing it than to represent it in monetized form: in this case, as gold florins of Florence, or, perhaps, of Aragón, within a beautiful eucharistic cup. Jesus, in some variations of the scene from the same period, not only accepts the cup, but picks up one of the coins, or blesses them, thus legitimizing their use, such as is thus already usually presented by the cross on one side of the coin.

 

The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany, Circle of Ferrer and Arnau Bassa, c. 1347-1360

Room 21

 

The Annunciation and the Three Kings at Epiphany