Adoration of the Magi by Rubén Belloso Adorna

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Rubén Belloso Adorna

Adoration of the Magi


150 x 100 cm | 59 x 39 1/4 in

Pastel on paper

  • Honorable Mention / Figurative

"This piece has been a great challenge for me both in terms of its dimensions (150 x 100 cm) and its composition given the large number of figures that appear in it. I wanted to represent one of the oldest scenes in the artistic world. In my country Spain, there is a deeply rooted tradition in which the Magi bring gifts to all children on the night of January 5th. It is a night anticipated all year with great enthusiasm and that particularly makes me relive some very happy moments of my childhood.

For the characters of Jesus, Maria and José, I have posed my son, my wife and myself. In the scene the Magicians, together with part of their retinue, are already worshiping the child and offer their presents. Next to them are a couple of Roman soldiers and the shepherds, who have come to offer a basket with fruits. One of them even approaches to contemplate the scene with an expression of astonishment. In the shadows, you can see the head of a mule, which emerges through the window of an adjacent barn. In the background, you can see the Star of the East.” – RUBÉN BELLOSO ADORNA