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

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


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




France (Place created)




Oil on panel


79.8 × 140.2 cm (31 7/16 × 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.

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)


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

Nash, Susie with contributions by Till-Holger Borchert, 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.

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