Friday Faves: Keegan Goepfert presents a delightful illumination depicting Saint Bartholomew

July 3, 2020

This delightful illumination depicts Saint Bartholomew (24 August), an apostle of Christ. He is identified by his symbol, the enormous flaying knife with which he was skinned alive when he was martyred. Bartholomew stands in a flowery garden where two small deer frolick, while music-making angels sing from lutes. Perhaps the animals refer to his role as patron saint of butchers, tanners, glovemakers, and binders, although their presence may, more likely, be purely decorative.

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