The Adoration of the Magi: Another Angel Trombonist

What do trombone history and the Christian adoration of the magi have in common? Well, I came across this painting recently, which has been added to the 17th century trombone history timeline (first half), offering yet another example of an angel trombonist from the early 17th century. Another common theme the painting belongs to, besides the angel idea, is the historical depiction of trombone in altarpieces; for more on this subject, see here.

1606—Innsbruck, Austria: Paolo Piazza’s Adorazione dei Magi, an altarpiece painting in Innsbruck’s Kapuzinerkirche, depicts many angel musicians, including an angel trombonist (see upper-left of image below; public domain) (Panchieri 43).


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