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The Trinity with the Virgin, Saints John the Evangelist, Stephen and Lawrence and a Donor

Object Details

Title:

The Trinity with the Virgin, Saints John the Evangelist, Stephen and Lawrence and a Donor

Artist/Maker:

The Peter Hemmel von Andlau Workshop (German, about 1420/1425 - after 1501)

Culture:

German

Place:

France (Place Created)

Date:

1479

Medium:

Oil on panel

Object Number:

2012.22

Dimensions:

79.8 × 140.2 cm (31 7/16 × 55 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

God the Father sits enthroned, holding the crucified Christ with the Holy Spirit between them, all three dominating the composition. Together they represent the Trinity, the central doctrine of the Christian faith, in which all three are united as one. This recently discovered altarpiece was carefully designed for the kneeling donor, a cleric, and expresses his desire for penance. The donor's plea for salvation inscribed on the scroll cleverly incorporates the date "1479" in Roman numerals. Saint Stephen stands protectively over him, bearing the stones of martyrdom on his head.

The expressive features, heavy drapery, and radiant palette (especially purple) resemble the sophisticated stained-glass windows attributed to Peter Hemmel von Andlau and the Strasbourg Workshop Cooperative.

Provenance
Provenance
From about 1970
July 2010

With Christie's (London), sold July 6, 2010 (lot 29) (as Swabian School) to Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts (London).

July 2010- January 2012

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts, English (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Late Medieval Panel Paintings: Materials, Methods, Meanings (November 4, 2011 to January 27, 2012)
  • Richard L. Feigen & Co. (New York), November 4, 2011 to January 27, 2012
Bibliography
Bibliography

Christie's, London. Catalogue of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors. July 6, 2010, pp. 78-79, lot. 29, ill.

Nash, Susie, et al. Late Medieval Panel Paintings: Materials, Methods, Meanings, exh. cat. (London: Sam Fogg, 2011), pp. 52-75, no. 4, ill., entry by Susie Nash.

Escard-Bugat, Myriam. “Musées: Nouvelles acquisitions.” L’objet d’art, no. 477 (March 2012), p. 18, ill.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 42, ill.

Allan, Scott, Davide Gasparotto, Peter Björn Kerber, and Anne T. Woollett. Masterpieces of Painting: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018), p. 34, ill.