The Hortulus Animae is one of a series of woodcuts that was created by German Renaissance artist Hans Baldung Grun in 1511. It depicts Jesus, Mary and the three wise men. A woodcut is made by carving a wooden block to the desired design, and then rolling ink over the carved block to print the design on paper.

Hortulus Animae

The Hortulus Animae is one of a series of woodcuts that was created by German Renaissance artist Hans…

The Gate of Fame from 'The Triumphal Arch,' an engraving by Albrecht Dürer.

The Gate of Fame

The Gate of Fame from 'The Triumphal Arch,' an engraving by Albrecht Dürer.

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:9-10 ASV
<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men following a star in search of the Christ child.

Journey of the Magi

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the…

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 ASV

<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men offering gifts to the Christ child held on Mary's lap. The setting is a stable with two oxen in the background.

Adoration of the Wise Men

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped…