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(s):

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

Culture:

German

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1479

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

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

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God the Father enthroned and holding the crucified Christ with the Holy Spirit between them, dominate 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 and the Strasbourg Workshop Cooperative.

Provenance
From about 1970

Private Collection (Germany)

July 2010

With Christie's (London), Sold July 6, 2010 (lot 29) (as Swabian School) to Sam Fogg Ltd, London

July 2010- January 2012

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts (London)