Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Christ Blessing the World

Folio 188r

Although Pope John XXII had extended the Feast of the Trinity to the Universal Church in 1334, Jean Colombe did not choose to illustrate the beginning of its office with a representation of the Three Persons.
Instead, he showed Christ in a church with stained-glass windows representing large figures, blessing with His right hand and holding the globe with a cross in His left hand. His arched brow, flowing hair, and double pointed beard conform to the fashion of the day.
The large B which marks the beginnings of the introit of the Mass for the Trinity also dates from the time of Jean Colombe.

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