Holy Trinity and Purgatory

The Trinity with Souls in Purgatory, early 1740s

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Below this resplendent vision of the Trinity—God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (shown as a white dove)—are souls in purgatory represented as anguished, naked figures in partial darkness. The light shining down on some of them, and the Father’s compassionate gesture, portend their eventual redemption. Corrado Giaquinto, a late champion of the Italian Baroque style, made numerous versions of the Trinity, but only this one includes purgatory. He painted it when he was living in Rome. The figure of the dead Christ reflects his careful study of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Pietà (1498–1500) in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Conservation of this picture was made possible by a generous contribution from Paula Vesely through the Art Champions program. This Italian 16th century frame is Gift of the Douglas and Mary Olson Frame Acquisition Fund.



Giaquinto, Trinity with Souls in Purgatory (#748)
The Trinity with Souls in Purgatory
Artist Life
(active Naples, Rome and Spain), 1703 - 1766
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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Holy Trinity and Purgatory