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The Trinity and Mystic Pietà is an oil on oak painting produced in 1512 by German artist Hans Baldung.[1]

The Trinity and Mystic Pietà
Hans Baldung Grien - The Trinity and Mystic Pietà - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistHans Baldung
MediumOil on oak
Dimensions112.3 cm × 89.1 cm (44.2 in × 35.1 in)
LocationNational Gallery, London



The painting shows God the Father supporting his son, Jesus, with the Holy Spirit above them, represented by a dove; the Trinity is joined by the weeping figures of the Virgin Mary and St. John.[1] The inclusion of God supporting his crucified son within the picture was popular during the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, but is otherwise rare in art history.[2] Beneath the holy figures are a series of smaller individuals, who are assumed by art historians to be the family who commissioned the painting; this is likely to be the Bettschold and Rothschild families, given the coats of arms present in the lower corners. The donors were often depicted during the Middle Ages as much smaller than the holy figures, in order to emphasise the difference between them.[3]

The painting was acquired in 1894 by the National Gallery, London, who still hold the piece as of 2015.[1] The gallery consider that "Baldung's painting invites our imaginative participation by stressing the human emotions of the mourners, and presenting even God the Father simply as a grieving parent."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Trinity and Mystic Pietà". National Gallery. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ Herbert McAvoy 2008, p. 50.
  3. ^ Dunkerton, Foister & Penny 2002, p. 13.


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