by Rosemarie Adcock
This large oil painting by Rosemarie Adcock depicts what is commonly referred to as The Epiphany, the time when the kings came to find the newborn King, Jesus, traditionally celebrated on the 6th of January. Mary holds the Child on her lap as He curiously inspects the fruits in the bowl of an Egyptian king, who holds a rooster and a type of staff used by the kings of the time. An Asian king also has a bowl of fruits, and all three kings have containers representing the gold, frankincense and myrrh that were the gifts noted in the Apostle Matthew's account of the story. These three gifts are also why it was thought there were 3 kings, who came to visit, though the written account is not specific. Joseph is seen above Mary, looking at the donkey who will soon be taking them to Egypt in order to escape King Herod's order to kill all the male children 2 years old and under. Birds sit on the window sills, and sheep, a goat, another rooster and a duck join in the scene.