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After Titian, The Trinity ('La Gloria')

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Full title The Trinity ('La Gloria')
Artist After Titian
Artist dates active about 1506; died 1576
Date made late 17th century?
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 131.6 × 100 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1926
Inventory number NG4222
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Trinity ('La Gloria')
After Titian

This is a copy of Titian’s large canvas known as ‘La Gloria’ (The Glory) or The Trinity. Titian’s painting was commissioned by Emperor Charles V of Spain in 1551, and is now in the Prado, Madrid.

The Emperor and Empress with their son Prince Philip and his sisters kneel in their burial shrouds before God the Father and Christ for the Last Judgement. The dove of the Holy Ghost appears in the heavens in a blaze of light.

The large biblical figures in the foreground include the Prophet Ezekiel on an eagle, Moses with the tablets of the Law, Noah holding up the ark and King David clutching his harp. John the Baptist stands behind the Virgin Mary in her cloak of ultramarine blue. The Imperial family are accompanied by an escort of angels and other mortals including Adam and Eve, and the elderly Titian himself.

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