The Trinity Altarpiece (aka the Trinity Altar Panels) is a set of four paintings in oil on wood thought to have been commissioned for the Trinity College Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late fifteenth century, and attributed to the Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes. The paintings probably formed the inner and outer panels of the wings of a triptych, the presumed central panel having been lost. It is a rare example of Scots religious art to have survived the iconoclasm of the Reformation.
Colin Thompson (1919-2007) CBE, DUniv FRSE, was a leading Scottish art expert. He was a distinguished director of the National Galleries of Scotland for 7 years, and in retirement was actively involved in the governance of Edinburgh College of Art and in giving expert advice to the Lottery Heritage Fund. He was a founding member of the Association of Art Historians, and during his time as director, sat on the Scottish Arts Council and the Edinburgh Festival Council and chaired the Scottish Museums Council. In his the seven years at the National Galleries of Scotland, he ensured that gallery purchases were of the highest quality, organised the basement expansion of the gallery at the Mound, and initiated important internal changes to the Portrait Gallery.
Ian Lorne Campbell (b.1946) is a Scottish art historian, the author of a number of books on 14th, 15th and 16th-century art, and a leading expert on Early Netherlandish painting. His contributions to research and knowledge on the period are on a par with the works of Max Jakob Friedländer and Erwin Panofsky. His 1998 catalogue 'The Fifteenth Century Netherlandish Paintings' has been described as "standard-setting". He has published articles in The Burlington Magazine and The Connoisseur, amongst other journals. This book was his first substantial publication.
Our book once belonged to William Kellaway, who was Secretary & Librarian of the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London from 1971-1984. Post-retirement he devoted his energies to art history, and this was evidently part of his collection concerning this subject. Protected by an illustrated (unclipped) dust jacket which is fairly worn, with minor tears and some loss at all corners as well as at top & bottom of the spine, and with a brown stain at the foot of the front, the book itself is bound in beige cloth with gilt title etc on the spine, and shows almost no signs of wear externally. There are minor irregularities visible at top & bottom of the front spine angle, and a tiny white mark on the angle itself. Inside, the binding is firm, and all pages clean and bright, with only the most minimal signs of yellowing at the outer edges. William Kellaway's name is inscribed in pencil on the front fep. There are 4 coloured illustrations, and three different sections of B/W pictures. A nice copy.