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The Trinity Altar Panels

Hugo van der Goes

The Trinity Altar Panels

Hugo van der Goes
  • Date: 1478
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, panel
  • Tag: Christianity, saints-and-apostles, Jesus-Christ, angels-and-archangels
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The Trinity Altarpiece, also known as the Trinity Altar Panels, is a set of four paintings in oil on wood thought to have been commissioned for the Trinity College Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late fifteenth century.

The work is attributed to the Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes and probably represents the inner and outer panels of the wings of a triptych. The presumed central panel is lost. The painting in the church was described as a "burd" on 17 May 1516 when John Stewart, Duke of Albany made an offering at the high altar on Trinity Sunday.

The work represents a rare example of Scots religious art to have survived the iconoclasm of the Reformation.

The panels are part of the British Royal Art Collection and are displayed at the National Gallery of Scotland.

The four panels depict the following subjects:

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