The painting is probably a mature work of about 1740, but nothing is known about its origin. The subject is unusual, though not unique, in combining the themes of the Nativity and the Trinity. A similar, though not identical, subject was treated by Murillo in his painting 'The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities' in the National Gallery.

Key facts

Artist dates
1687 - 1767
Full title
The Nativity with God the Father and the Holy Ghost
Date made
about 1740
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
222.7 x 153.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with a contribution from The Art Fund, 1958
Inventory number
Location in Gallery