The Trinity and the Crucifixion, with Scenes from the Life of Christ
unknown - after 1390
The Trinity and the Crucifixion,
with Scenes from the Life of Christ
Tempera on panel
22-3/8 x 21-3/8 in.
This triptych, or three-part altarpiece, is remarkable for being a compendium of narrative motifs more typically seen in large altarpieces.
The central panel depicts Christ three times: crucified and dying on the cross, resurrected at the tomb, and as part of the Trinity. It is the earliest known panel to show the Trinity as a single figure with three heads. The Angel of the Annunciation appears at the top of the left wing, opposite the Virgin receiving the Annunciation at the top right.
The remaining compartments in the left wing show the Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi; those in the right wing, the Mocking of Christ and the Lamentation.