Three wise men (3 sculptures)


Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Nuremberg, Germany

The Three Kings - Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar - were among the first to visit the newborn Christ, and are usually depicted as a trio. A star guided them to the babe in the manger, to whom they brought rich gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. From the 12th century on the Three Kings were interpreted as representing various stages of life, as well as the three continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa.


  • Title: Three wise men (3 sculptures)
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1490
  • Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Special exhibition "Heroes, Martyrs, Saints" (April 2019 to October 2020); Departement "Sculpture till 1800"
  • Location Created: Northern Netherlands
  • Provenance: Acquired by Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  • Type: wooden sculpture
  • Rights: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
  • Materials and Technique: oak wood

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