The Trinity is the dogma that the one divine substance of God exists eternally as three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God, three persons. Pretty simple right?
Actually, it’s a mystery – and one of the greatest and most important mysteries of the faith, since it has to do with the very inner life of God.
Artists over the centuries tried depicting, however imperfectly, this mysterious truth of divine revelation. Here are 16 examples. The title for each piece provides the artist and year.
1) Luca Rossetti da Orta, 1738-1739
2) Andrei Rublev, 1425-1427
3) José de Ribera, 1635-1636
4) Jan Polack, 1491
5) A. Mažutytė, 2009
6) Michael Damaskenos, 16th century
7) Hendrick van Balen the Elder, 1620s
8) Jean Fouquet, 1452-1460
9) Albrecht Dürer, 1511
10) Enguerrand Quarton, 1454
11) Bernt Notke, 1483
12) Unknown, 15th century
13) Romeo Celleghin, 1946
14) Jose Samaniego, 1758
16) Unknown, 1420