The Adoration of the Magi

13th century
Church of St. Elias, Draguć, Croatia

The date is provided by the French Michelin guide to Croatia. In what would continue to be the conventional iconography for the rest of the Middle Ages, the Magi are portrayed as kings with crowns and one of them, crown removed, kneels to the baby, who sits on the lap of his mother, who is in turn seated but not on a throne.

The damaged right end of the fresco may have portrayed an enthroned King Herod in Jerusalem, while the outlined city on the left end represents Bethlehem and the green intervening space the distance traveled between them. The same treatment of the background space can be seen in a 16th-century Epiphany fresco in another church in Draguć.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.