Inventory number
P01069
Author
Ribera, José de (Spanish)
Title
The Holy Trinity
Chronology
Ca. 1635
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
226 cm x 181 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

The Trinity shows Ribera's confidence in his pictorial possibilities. The tragedy of the scene is emphasized by the use of light and a sumptuous palette. The bluish cadaver of Christ, marked by blood that runs down his side, staining his loincloth and shroud, contrasts with the hieratic appearance of God the Father, who shows us his dead Son, accompanied by the dove of the Holy Ghost. This work's message, Christ's death and suffering for Humanity, is extraordinarily clear. Fernando VII (1748-1833) purchased this work from the painter, Agustín Esteve, in 1820. There is another, slightly different, version of this work at the Monastery of El Escorial.

 
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