A Vision of the Trinity

The painting is probably a finished sketch (modello) for a relatively early altarpiece, commissioned about 1735 by Clemens August, Archbishop Elector of Cologne for the palace of Nymphenburg, near Munich.

Saint Clement, the namesake of the Archbishop Elector, was the third successor to Saint Peter as Pope, and he was believed to have been martyred by drowning, tied to an anchor. He kneels before a vision of the Trinity appearing over an altar. A winged angel with a three-barred patriarchal cross sits upon the altar steps below the vision.

Key facts

Artist dates
1696 - 1770
Full title
A Vision of the Trinity appearing to Pope Saint Clement (?)
Date made
about 1735-9
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
69.2 x 55.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with the aid of the Art Fund, 1957
Inventory number
Location in Gallery