Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) - Adoration of the Magi (c.1480-82)

Myth and Mysticism: Christian depictions of the Nativity

To assess the issues raised by Barthes’ Mythologies (highlighting the tendency of socially constructed narratives, and assumptions to become “naturalised” i.e. taken unquestioningly as given within cultures), first consider his discussion of wine. Barthes notes its adoption as a French national drink…