Scenes of the Virgin; The Trinity; The Crucifixion

In the Trinity (top right), the four creatures with the heads of an eagle, man, ox, and lion symbolise, respectively, the four Evangelists: John, Matthew, Luke, and Mark. The Crucifixion contains many of the incidents found in the nearly contemporary version of the same subject by Jacopo di Cione.

The donors, probably Juana Manuel (1335 – 1381), and her father Don Juan Manuel, are presented to the Virgin and Child by Saint Raphael. The artist painted two large altarpieces which were then sent to the Manuel Chapel in Murcia Cathedral in Spain. Now framed as a single panel, this may originally have formed two wings of a diptych.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1361 - 1386
Full title
The Coronation of the Virgin; The Trinity; The Virgin and Child with Donors; The Crucifixion; The Twelve Apostles
Date made
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
82 x 60.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Countess of Carlisle, 1913
Inventory number
Location in Gallery