Oil on canvas, previously attributed to Johann Zoffany, 1779 Dido Elizabeth Belle is depicted here with her cousin Elizabeth Murray. This painting scandalised many of it’s 18th century audience due to its portrayal of Belle, a woman of colour, in a non-subservient position. Considered to be one of the first paintings to do so, it was probably commissioned by Belle’s father Admiral Sir John Lindsay in the late 1770’s.
(The Moorish king Caspar)by Hendrick Heerschop (1626– 1690)Since the seventh century in the Western Church, the Magi have been identified as Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.However the earliest tradition is inconsistent as to the number of the Magi. The Eastern tradition favored twelve Magi. In the West, several of the early Church fathers — including Origen, St. Leo the Great and St. Maximus of Turin — accepted three Magi.