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The Trinity

The Trinity

c. 1460
(French, 1478)
Framed: 134.5 x 114.5 x 8 cm (52 15/16 x 45 1/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 114 x 94.5 cm (44 7/8 x 37 3/16 in.)

Did You Know?

When the painting was acquired in 1960 the artist was not yet identified.

Description

Fundamental to Christian belief, the Holy Trinity refers to the three divine persons in God—God the Father, here depicted wearing a papal tiara, God the Son, crucified on the cross, and the Holy Spirit, represented as a dove. Juxtaposed with the Trinity's austere depiction are cherubim bathed in radiant red light, possibly influenced by stained glass windows that Girardin also designed in Lyon. God the Father wears a liturgical vestment, a sumptuous and bejeweled cope, or cape, fastened below the neck, typically worn by clergy for processional occasions. It is made of opulent crimson velvet with gold thread forming a large pomegranate pattern.
  • 1897-1924
    Camille Barrère (1851-1940), Rome, Italy, by descent to Mme. Albert Cousin
    1924-
    Mme. Albert Cousin (nee Barrère), by descent to Albert Cousin
    Albert Cousin
    -1960
    (J. Seligmann & Co., New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1960-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • {{cite web|title=The Trinity|url=false|author=Laurent Girardin|year=c. 1460|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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