The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities  1682

by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

This painting illustrates the belief that Christ was both human and divine: the embodiment of the ‘Two Trinities’. At the centre of the composition the Christ Child forms part of the Heavenly Trinity with the dove of the Holy Ghost and God the Father above, and part of the Earthly Trinity with his human parents, Mary and Joseph. [br] The scene is not based on a particular...
Courtesy of the National Gallery, London