(active in 1410s in the Upper Rhineland)

The Garden of Eden (detail)

c. 1410
Tempera on wood
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

The other tree in the Garden is that of Knowledge, which is also the Tree of Death. It is embraced by the youthful St Sebastian, whose martyrdom (he was tied to a tree and killed by arrows) may be related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The figures sitting in front are easily recognizable by their attributes: the Archangel St Michael by the monkey-like monster cowering at his feet, who is the vanquished Satan himself; St George by his knightly clothes and by the corpse of the dragon, the embodiment of earthly wickedness.

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