Thursday 28 November 2013 2.30pm

The scene of the Adoration of the Magi is central today to our image of theChristmas story. So it may come as a surprise to learn that their number, names and ethnic origins were all later additions to the biblical account. Indeed, by the 16th century they were not the only additions to the text.

Shirley Smith graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in the Italian and Northern Renaissance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a part-time lecturer for the University of East Anglia and for the Department of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge. Shirley has run study days and certificate courses as well as residential weekend courses and also lectures to the Art Fund and individual clubs and societies. She is particularly keen to set the art and architecture of the period in the context of the society for which it was produced.


Mrs Shirley Smith