Balthazar

Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Wood Panel

2021

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Created by Mark Steven Greenfield as a part of his series, "Hey-Lo".

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Saint Balthazar was according to tradition one of the biblical Magi along with Caspar and Melchior who visited the infant Jesus after he was born. Balthazar is traditionally referred to as the King of Macedonia and gave the gift of myrrh to Jesus. In the Roman Catholic Church, he is regarded as a saint (as are the other two Magi). Balthazar was described in the 8th century by Saint Bede as being "[of] black complexion, with [a] heavy beard" with the "myrrh he held in his hands prefigured the death of the Son of man". This deeply-complected man is often not part of nativities and other illustrations of this biblical story.