About this artwork
This curious allegory of Christ shows him in a wood surrounded by a wide variety of creatures embodying his virtues and the vices of his enemies. At his feet appear his foes—as a lion, bear, dog, fox, wolf and unicorn—while his intrinsic goodness causes an elephant, lamb, dove, pelican, eagle and owl, among other birds to emerge from behind his halo.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Michel Wolgemut
- The Virtues of Christ and the Wickedness of His Enemies Symbolized by Diverse Birds and Beasts (verso); The Last Supper (recto), pages 66 and 65 from the Treasury (Schatzbehalter)
- Woodcut on ivory laid paper
- 253 × 177 mm (image/block, verso); 259 × 181 (sheet)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.