The Work

This stone sculpture was found broken into pieces near Arras, in the region of Artois, in the north of France near modern Belgium (formerly Flanders). Even if it is only a fragment, the realistic representation of the body and face of the saint is striking. According to the legend of St. Christopher, he helped the child Jesus cross a river, and he therefore became the patron saint of travellers. In art, he is often shown with the child Jesus on his shoulder, and we can still see a knee and a small foot on the statue’s shoulders. The buckled belt is a modern detail which places this man in the contemporary world of the 15th century, and his lined face shows his maturity.

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