The Three Kings At Sotosalbos

Today is the feast of Epiphany that commemorates the visit of the wise men to the Christ-child, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew. From at least the third century, the number of wise men, magi, or kings was commonly set to three, and this is the standard representation throughout the Middle Ages. Images of the three kings were ubiquitous in medieval Christian art, since they were an important feature in the story of the life and time of Christ. For this year's feast, I'm presenting to you one of these medieval representations, which I encountered last year on a capital in the thirteenth-century Church of Saint Michael in Sotosalbos, Spain.