Pygmalion like, an artist of Christ-like countenance seeks salvation in his own work, and the Jesus of his painting comes to life arising out of the paint which, supplied generously from the Christ's bleeding stigmata, is the very same stuff with which the image of Christ has been rendered.
A snail on the palette represents the slow pace of the practice of oil painting.
Image taken from page 59 of 'Greater Love. By A. Gordon. And other stories by R. Barr, E. Halsted, etc' Collection of the British Library.
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