The Three Magi

Candido Portinari1956

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in black and white. Contour lines, shaded and grisados. Representation of the three wise men on camels, against the background of hill and Vesper star. Camel arranged in line, forming diagonal from the center to the right, toward the bottom of the composition. The camels are turned to the left. The first two have their heads raised and nearly edge on the left and the third has the head from the front. The kings are slightly turned to the left and hold with the on the left hand, the reins of the camel. Kings wear hats or caps and large robes. In the background, the star representation Vesper on the left and hill to the center.

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  • Title: The Three Magi
  • Date: 1956
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w19.5 x h25.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:The Magi, Nature:Animals:camel, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1699
  • Inscription: Signed and dated in dedication, at bottom right, "Para Malamud com a amisade [sic] de Portinari 56”. Inscription at bottom left "original para o cartão de Boas-festas de 56”
  • Function: Illustration for a holiday greeting card. Israel Series
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4088