The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity


Holy Trinity 

Sandro Botticelli




The Holy Trinity or Pala delle Convertite is an altarpiece by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli,

dating to c. 1491-1493.

It is housed in Courtauld Institute Galleries of London.


It was originally commissioned by the Arte dei Medici e degli Speziali (guild of the Doctors and Pharmacists) for the church of Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite in Florence, a church/monastery housing former prostitutes or fallen women, who had converted from the licentious life to one of honesty, and whose patron saint was Mary Magdalene.


The picture shows the Trinity (Jesus Crucified, God and the Holy Spirit’s Dove) within an almond with seraphim.


In the background is a blue sky within two rocky spurs, in front of which are Mary Magdalene, taken in an intense praying posture, and St. John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence, who, as usual in the pictures of the period, is pointing to the center of the composition. The figure of Magdalene resembles the contemporary “Magdalene Penitent” by Donatello (1453–1455) and that by Desiderio da Settignano (c. 1455) in the church of Santa Trinita.


In the lower part, in a smaller scale, are the Archangel Raphael with Tobias, who is holding the fish that, in the Biblical tale, he had been ordered by angel to capture in order to save his father….”



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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

—2 Cor. 13:14




  1. Patricia
    May 26, 2013

    I love these pictures of the Holy Trinity, and try to collect as many as I can find. I had not seen this one before. Thank you for sharing it!

    Hope that you had a beautiful Sunday! It’s my 12th anniversary of my Definitive Promise in Carmel…which makes Trinity Sunday always so dear to my heart.

    Love and hugs….

    • Caroline
      May 27, 2013

      Patricia, It was a a beautiful holiday weekend since I got to see my daughter-in-law to be and her 7 1/2 month baby bump! I am so excited to see this little one.

      I love this picture too, and even more I love to study the stories in the painting. Imagine if more artists today used their talent to Glorify God as the masters of old did..Talk about the New Evangelism LOL

      Congratulations on your 12th anniversary..What a joy it must be to the the Lord and His mother to have you with them in Carmel.

      Love and blessings +

  2. Patricia
    May 28, 2013

    Oh Caroline! How wonderful. The baby will be here before you know it. Will we ever hear from you again :)
    I’m sure I’d have my mind on “baby” and not blog for a good while, if I were in your shoes. I’m so happy for you.

    I’m getting the impression from my son and his wife that they are “thinking” baby sometime next year.
    I hope we will at least have one on the way by then. What joy babies bring! This will be a wonderful time for your family! Extra hugs to you, grandma…nonna? :)

    • Caroline
      May 28, 2013

      Patricia, I do find my mind and time focused so much on the next few months and how all our lives will change…again, but for such a miracle of blessing from the Lord. Much of my attention in prayer is asking the Lord to bless this baby and help me be an example of Christ to him from day one. My blogging will have to adapt to my life change!
      But, I still keep praying for our children, (always will) binding them to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Won’t it be wonderful when your daughter in law comes to give you the news..: )
      I’m not sure what I’ll be called LOL Grandma is great– although it makes my youngest laugh in disbelief– and nonna would be fine too, whatever they want. The later is what my boys called my mom.

      Love you and blessings always +

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