DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Paumgartner Altar (left wing)

c. 1503
Oil on lime panel, 151 x 61 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

The side wings depict St George on the left and St Eustace on the right, complete with their attributes on their banners as recorded in the Legenda aurea.

Standing in a stony wilderness in front of a dark background is the figure of St Eustace. He was a Roman general in the army of Emperor Trajan's army who was converted to Christianity after seeing the crucified Christ in the antlers of a stag; he was to suffer a horrible martyr's death under the emperor Hadrian. According to the Nuremberg Chronicle, Dürer endowed the saint with the features of the donor, Lucas Paumgartner.