Twelfth night party with Balthasar, Melchior and Caspar

We celebrate Twelfth Night around the beautiful 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene.

Moorish king

The Moretus family asked their friend Peter Paul Rubens to paint the three kings. Only one king is back in his original location: the black king. What's more, he has hung in the grand drawing room between the family portraits since September 2017.
Did you know that every Moretus generation had a Balthasar and a Gaspar? From time to time they even had a Melchior. Due to a twist of fate, the Balthasars were always the most successful.

Stella duce

Balthasar I Moretus, the grandson of Plantin, introduced a Twelfth Night star as the family emblem and Stella Duce (guided by the star). 

Party

The Three Kings' Day is the closing date of Baroque Book Design. Bring your faPrint golden stars and your own crown. Sing along with Three Kings' Day songs. And, who finds the baked-bean in his Twelfth Night biscuits? A festival for young and old.

Practical information

  • Saturday 6 January 2019
  • The activities are free; you only have to pay admission to the museum.
Museum Plantin-Moretus
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