About this artwork
The powerful giant Saint Christopher was said to have carried the infant Christ across a raging river without knowing who he was. The further the saint waded, the heavier his burden became, until, safe on the opposite bank, he realized that he had been carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, as well as its creator. Israhel van Meckenem made several prints of this subject showing the saint in varying degrees of strain, struggling under the weight and in the swift torrent. This print is unusual in that it shows the saint’s feet through the transparent water; the shallow depth confirms that Christopher has just reached the opposite bank.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Israhel van Meckenem, the younger
- Saint Christopher
- Artist's working dates 1465–1503
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 136 × 102 mm (image/sheet)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.