The Ghent Altarpiece: The Pilgrims

This panel by Jan Van Eyck is devoted to the pilgrims who were an important feature of medieval religiosity. They are led by St Christopher the patron saint of pilgrims and travellers and according to his legend a giant. At his side stands a pilgrim wearing badges from the three great pilgrimages - Compostela Rome and Jerusalem. He might be Jodocus patron saint of the donor. the background is that of a beautiful Mediterranean landscape which is one of the altarpiece's greatest glories.
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