Initial D: The Trinity

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: The Trinity

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1250 - 1260

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 19.2 x 13.3 cm (7 9/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

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An image of the Trinity fills the initial D that opens one of the eight major sections of psalms in the psalter. At the top of the scene and beneath an animal head, a dove representing the Holy Spirit descends towards two seated figures with crossed-nimbuses. Holding books and raising their hands in blessing, the two figures represent God the Father and Jesus Christ seated together on a bench. This presentation was inspired by the text from Psalm 109: Dixit d[omi]n[u]s domino meo: sede a dextris meis (The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right hand).

Related Works
Exhibitions
Faces of Power and Piety: Portraits in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (February 2 to April 18, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to April 18, 1999, (Cat.)