Saint Erasmus of Formiae (or Saint Elmo)

Master of Messkirch, Falkenstein Altarpiece (open) (after 1530). Staatsgallerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. Tempera and oil on softwood panel. This depiction of Saint Erasmus is from the inside of the right folding wing of the Falkenstein Altarpiece. Saint Erasmus, who was Bishop of Formiae, carries a crozier in his left hand and holds a windlass and palm frond in his right. Note that his intestines are neatly coiled around the windlass.

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