Christ winnowing evil from the human heart; a penitent bathing in the blood and water from Christ's side; an angel locking a dragon in hell. Engraving by H. Goltzius, 1578.
- Goltzius, Hendrik, 1558-1617.
About this work
Christ wears a broad-brimmed hat, i.e. he is in the role of the gardener for whom Mary Magdalene mistook him after his Resurrection. In that role, he carries a heart-shaped winnowing basket, from which he shakes out vices while retaining virtues. The vices are represented by a horse (pride), a pig (gluttony), a snake (envy), a statuette of a nude woman (luxury), a donkey (idleness), a bear (anger) and a toad (avarice). The virtues are represented by an infant (good intentions), a lamb (patience), a dove (simplicity), and a cock (vigilance)
Ablatio malorum ...
[Antwerp] : [Philips Galle], 
1 print : line engraving
Wellcome Library no. 26626i