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image of Retabla of the Trinity Retabla of the Trinity
Rendered by E. Boyd (artist), c. 1936
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
overall: 36.1 x 28.2 cm (14 3/16 x 11 1/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 40 1/2" x 22"
Index of American Design
1943.8.6815
Not on View
From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 11 of 25

One of the popular motifs for the "retablo" painter was the Holy Trinity "La Santisima Trinidad." This has always been a difficult subject for the artist to depict; the usual portrayal consists of the Father, the Son, and a dove representing the Holy Spirit. The version shown in this "retablo" originated in Byzantium. It portrays the Holy Trinity as three men. The Byzantine form was abandoned in Europe in 1745 because of a papal edict, but continued unchanged in Spanish America.

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