The Adoration of the Magi (detail), about 1480–90, Georges Trubert. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art

GETTY CENTER

Daily, through February 16, 2020

North Pavilion, Plaza Level


Free | No ticket required


Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a Black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the painful histories of Afro-European contact, particularly the brutal enslavement of African peoples.


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