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The Holy Trinity
Caro, Francisco (Attributed to)
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Caro, Francisco (Attributed to)

Sevilla (Spain), 1627 - Madrid (Spain), 1667

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The Holy Trinity

XVII century. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

The Son bears the cross of his passion. He is semi-nude to show the wound in his side and sits to the right of God the Father, who is totally clothed and holds a scepter. The dove of the Holy Ghost hovers over their heads with outstretched wings.

This painting of the mystery of the Holy Trinity may also include a clear allusion to the ideas of the creation and redemption of the human race, both in the Father and Son´s gestures—they point to and bless the globe of the world held by angels in the lower part of the composition—and in the symbolism of Christ as Lord of sorrow, redeemer and intercessor for humanity.

The composition is distantly derived from an engraving by Dürer that was also used by Velázquez in his Crowning of the VIrgin (P1168). The author of the present work must have drawn the figures of the Father and Son from Velázquez´s canvas. He may also have know an engraving of Rubens´s Holy Trinity (Munich, Alte Pinakothek)

The children´s movements and playfulness and their unstable and likable manners contradict their severe facial expressions, provoking a relaxation that palliates the grave solemnity of the composition´s subject. They also bring dynamism to the scene with a markedly baroque sense that is, however, lacking in the other figures. The overall manner in which the paint has been applied, with very spongy patches of color, increases that sensation.

Technical data

Inventory number
Caro, Francisco (Attributed to)
The Holy Trinity
XVII century
Height: 125.5 cm; Width: 125.3 cm
Bequest of Rosa Rodríguez Vaamonde de Fuente Alcázar, 1898

Bibliography +

Gaya Nuño, J. A., Notas al catálogo del Museo del Prado, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 58, 1954, pp. 129.

Kubler, George, Art and Architecture in Spain and Portugal and their american dominios 1500-1800., Penguin Books, Baltimore, 1959, pp. 289.

Buendía, José Rogelio, Vida y Obra del Pintor Mateo Cerezo, 1637-1666, Diputacion Provincial, Burgos, 1986, pp. 171.

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en La Coruña. Museo de Bellas Artes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VIII, 1987, pp. 60.

Urrea, Jesús, Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV, Museo del Prado-Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, Madrid, 1994, pp. nº36.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº1262.

El mundo de Carlos V : de la España medieval al siglo de Oro, Sociedad Estatal para la Conmemoración de los Cent, Madrid, 2000, pp. nº8.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1262.
Autor: Carreño / 1262. Un cuadro que representa la "Santisima Trinidad" / Alto 1,25 ancho 1,25'' // (= ''cuadros legados a este museo por la Excma. Sra Doña Rosa Rodríguez Vaamonde de Fuente Alcázar, admitidos por orden de la Dirección General de Instrucción Pública de julio de 1898).

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1873-1907. Núm. 2186f.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Carlos V entre dos mundos culturales. De las tres culturas de la España medieval al Siglo de Oro
México D.F.
03.11.2000 - 28.02.2001

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
03.11.1995 - 03.12.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.09.1995 - 29.10.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
02.06.1995 - 02.07.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.04.1995 - 28.05.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
24.03.1995 - 23.04.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
17.02.1995 - 19.03.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
13.01.1995 - 12.02.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
02.12.1994 - 08.01.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.10.1994 - 27.11.1994

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
22.09.1994 - 23.10.1994

Location +

La Coruña - Museo de Bellas Artes de La Coruña (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Objects from Christ's Passion: Cruz

Update date: 27-01-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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