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Christmas: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection #CA19cw2, Adoration by Josef Moroder Lusenberg. In this 19th century painting based on the Gospel of Matthew 2:11, The Magi (also known as the Three Kings and Wise Men) who have followed the Star of Bethlehem in search of the prophesized new born King, kneel, present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and worship the infant Jesus. The Magi are representative of the three known parts of the world at that time: Balthasar is most often cast as a young African or Moor. Old Caspar (or Gaspar) is usually depicted with Oriental features or dress, and Melchior is commonly represented as a middle aged European…At age thirty, Josef Moroder Lusenberg (1846-1939) visited the Academy of Munich to learn the art of painting after he was impressed in Vienna by the genre painting of Franz von Defregger, “The Dance In The Mountains.” His teachers in Munich were Joseph Knabl, Ludwig von Löfftz and Feodo Dietz. From 1880 to 1884 he was a pupil of Defregger. Moroder was influenced by the genre and historical painting of his masters and the realistic-idealistic painting movement of Wilhelm Leibl. From his numerous sketch books we see how precisely he observed nature, landscape and especially the Tyrolean and alpine lifestyle in Val Gardena. Many of his paintings, watercolors and sketches of farmhouses, huts, people and portraits are testimony of a lost alpine world which once was the 19th century Tyrol…Enhanced with permission from a photograph taken in the parish church of Urtijëi by the copyright holder Wolfgang Moroder, to whom we extend our sincere appreciation.