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The legend of St Eustace, wall painting (c. 1480), Canterbury Cathedral | by chrisjohnbeckett
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The legend of St Eustace, wall painting (c. 1480), Canterbury Cathedral

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The narrative begins at the bottom of the painting, with Roman General Placidus (Eustace) on his knees before a stag. He experiences a vision of the crucified Christ between its antlers. Various events, portrayed in the middle section of the painting, test his new-found Christian faith. At the top of the painting, Eustace, his wife, and his sons are roasted to death inside a bronze statue of a bull (AD 118), on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian, for refusing to make a pagan sacrifice.

 

Northern aisle, quire, Canterbury Cathedral.

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Taken on January 15, 2007