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The Trinity with the Virgin, Saints John the Evangelist, Stephen and Lawrence and a Donor
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Workshop of Peter Hemmel von Andlau
German, 1479
Oil on panel
31 7/16 x 55 3/16 in.
2012.22

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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.

Detail Views

Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary

Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen

Figures on Left
Figures on Left

Scroll on Left
Scroll on Left

Christ
Christ