Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Art

Three paintings of the Magi by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens will be reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years. On view from March 22 through July 5, Peter Paul Rubens: The Three Magi Reunited also explores the relationship between the artist and Balthasar Moretus the Elder, a close friend of Rubens, who commissioned the paintings around 1618. Moretus and his brothers were named after the Three Magi (Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar), thus these works had special meaning for the artist and his patron.“At the time, the Adoration of the Magi was a common subject in art, but these intimate paintings take the kings out of their usual narrative setting,” said National Gallery director Earl A. Powell III. “Rubens conjured them as tangible flesh and blood believers.”