(active 6th century in Ravenna)

The Three Magi

6th century
Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

This detail of the north wall shows the Three Magi leading the procession of 22 virgins, wearing trousers and Phrygian caps as a sign of their Oriental origin. The Magi's names are inscribed above them. Their very individualized faces are thought to be a later addition to the mosaic. They seem to represent as well the three ages of man, a common symbolic depiction in the later Middle Ages.