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Lot 1219
An engraving showing St Eustace kneeling before a stag with a crucifix between its antlers. St Eustace was a Roman general who encountered a large stag while out hunting. He pursued the beast but found, when it stopped, that it had an image of the crucified Christ between its antlers. The encounter led to Eustace’s conversion to Christianity. Eustace was one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints who were the subject of particular veneration in Germany and who were believed to assist in cases of illness and at the time of death. The legend of St Eustace was a popular subject in late medieval art. Dürer noted distributing the St Eustace engraving six times during his trip to the Netherlands in 1521.



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