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Saint Christopher

Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travellers, including motorists, who sometimes hang a small image of him in their vehicle for luck.

According to legend, he was crossing a river when a child asked to be carried across. He lifted the child on to his back and crossed the river although the child was extremely heavy. Unknown to Saint Christopher the child was really Christ carrying the weight of the whole world.

Style of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths, Saint Christopher carrying the Infant Christ, about 1525-50