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The Journey of the Magi:1,700 Years of The Three Kings Christopher Herbert Wednesday 11 December 2019

THE JOURNEY OF THE MAGI: 1700 years of the Three Kings.

From the earliest days of Christianity, the story of the Three Kings has fascinated story-tellers and artists alike.

This lecture traces the ways in which artists across the centuries have chosen to represent the Magi; from smudgy images in the catacombs of Rome, through the exotic beauty of the mediaeval period to the minimalist Christmas cards of our own day.

Who really were Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar? Where did they come from? Why do their names still feature on doorposts in Germany and Austria? What do they have to do with Ravenna and Cologne? And what is their relationship with old age, middle age and youth?

Almost 100 images in this illustrated lecture will provide some of the answers to the questions…

 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Educated at the Universities of Wales, Lampeter, and Bristol, Christopher Herbert was Bishop of St Albans from 1996 to 2009 and a member of the House of Lords from 1999 to 2009, where he spoke in the areas of health and medical ethics.  His other major interest is Art History and he was awarded an M.Phil  in 2002 and a Ph.D in 2008 by the University of Leicester.  He lectures across the UK and northern Europe and on River Cruises.  His most recent publication on art history is: Foreshadowing the Reformation: Art and Religion in the 15th Century Burgundian Netherlands, published by Routledge in 2016.