The Holy Trinity (1515) by Albrecht Durer

The Holy Trinity - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleThe Holy Trinity
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The Holy Trinity

The artwork “The Holy Trinity” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1515, belongs to the Northern Renaissance movement and is categorized as a sketch and study. This piece is indicative of the detailed and precise work for which Dürer is renowned, and it reflects the religious themes and symbolic complexities that were common in Northern Renaissance art.

This drawing portrays a traditional Christian representation of the Trinity. At the center is Jesus Christ, depicted post-Crucifixion with visible wounds, and he seems to be supported by God the Father, who is shown as an older, bearded figure wearing a papal tiara. Above them, the Holy Spirit is illustrated as a dove, aligning with common iconography. Surrounding these principal figures, there are what appear to be several angels, some of whom are witnessing the scene while others are involved in praising or worshipping. The background is mostly bare, likely because this is a study rather than a finalized composition, focusing the viewer’s attention on the figures and their expressions. The drawing features a high level of detail, particularly in the drapery and the rendering of the figures. The artist’s initials and the year of creation are noted in the upper right corner, authenticating the work.

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