Friday, December 10, 2004

Renaissance paintings of the Trinity

In class today someone noted how interesting it is that so many Renaissance paintings of the Trintiy who the Father holding in his arms the dead body of the Son after He has been taken down from the Cross. The question was whether this is Eucharistic. This is especially interesting in view of one painting in which the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in a tabernacle. But the spirit has left Jesus. It is only his body, not the "soul, body, humanity and divinity" of Christ that the Father is holding. Any thoughts?

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