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2018

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Full-Text Articles in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

11, The Three-Faced Representation Of The Holy Trinity, Zoe Goedecke Jan 2018

11, The Three-Faced Representation Of The Holy Trinity, Zoe Goedecke

Kerver Book of Hours: Senior Capstone 2018

In the thirteenth century, artists began depicting the Holy Trinity as a single tricephalic figure, likely in an attempt to convey that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One. This essay discusses the three-faced image of the Trinity in the Book of Hours and the history of tricephalic imagery in Christian representations, from its early appearances to eventual condemnation by the papacy.