Italian, 16th century
The Holy Trinity

Gilt and polychromed wood, on a later metal stand
height 23 ½ in.; 59.7cm.
Private collection

The present sculpture depicts a Throne of Mercy, a depiction of the Holy Trinity popular in Christian iconography, in which God is shown on his throne, holding aloft His crucified son and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. More on this Sculpture

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity holds that God is one God, but three coeternal consubstantial persons or hypostases — the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit — as “one God in three Divine Persons”. The three Persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”. In this context, a “nature” is what one is, whereas a “person” is who one is…

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