RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Descent from the Cross (outside left)1612-14
Oil on panel, 421 x 153 cm
O.-L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp
The outsides of the wings are devoted to St Christopher. According to his medieval legend, the huge St Christopher carried the Christ Child across a river on his shoulders. A hermit on the right lights his way with a lantern.