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The Trinity in Christian Visual Arts

François Bœspflug

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in Christian Visual Arts

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This article examines the depiction of the Trinity in Christian visual arts. It describes the five distinct periods in Trinitarian iconography and provides a catalog of a vast array of artistic representations whose peak occurs in the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries. It suggests that the images of the Trinity in the Christian visual arts are begotten by the expressive dynamic of the life of faith, or, more precisely, by the free and creative encounter of the needs of the prayerful and meditative heart, on the one hand, and the exigencies of the mind which is faithful to Scripture, the liturgy, and doctrine, on the other.

Keywords: Trinity; Christian visual arts; Trinitarian iconography; life of faith; Scripture; liturgy

Article.  6669 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Subjects in Art ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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