Triptych with Descent of the Holy Spirit (c.1525) by Lucas van Leyden

Triptych with Descent of the Holy Spirit - Lucas van Leyden - c.1525

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TitleTriptych with Descent of the Holy Spirit
ArtistLucas van Leyden
Datec.1525
Mediumoil
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
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About Triptych with Descent of the Holy Spirit

The “Triptych with Descent of the Holy Spirit” is a notable work attributed to Lucas van Leyden, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. Created around 1525, this piece is recognized for its religious significance and artistic merit. While it is uncertain if Lucas van Leyden himself painted the triptych or if it was produced by someone within his circle, the artwork remains an important example of religious painting from that era.

The triptych format consists of three panels, with the central panel measuring 53 x 32 inches, showcasing the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples—a pivotal moment in Christian theology. This event is celebrated for representing the Holy Spirit bestowing divine gifts upon the apostles, marking the beginning of their ministry following the Ascension of Christ.

Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) was a Dutch painter and printmaker whose works are characterized by detailed craftsmanship and complex compositions. His influence extended beyond his lifetime, leaving a legacy that continues to be studied and appreciated in the art world.

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