Feb 1, 2007

Star of Kings, A Night Piece

Star of Kings, A Night Piece


Jan van de Velde

(Dutch, 1620–1662)

after Pieter Molyn

(Dutch, 1595–1661)


Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 20.8 x 16.4 cm (8 3/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 2003.45

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein XXXIII.52.149

State: II/IV



Star of Kings depicts the holiday of Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, celebrated on January 6, and commemorates the journey of the three Maji to the Christ child, guided by the Star of Bethlehem. In 17th-century Netherlands, the event was recreated by townspeople who gathered at dusk and processed through the streets singing and carrying candles and torches, following one of the most prominent citizens who had the honor of holding the star.

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