Master of the source of life: The 7 works of mercy (1500-1520)

(Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)

A painting by an anonymous Dutch artist with the notname 'Master of the source of life'. This painting is a memorial table dedicated to the unknown couple and their 8 children who are depicted on their knees in the lower right and left. The other parts of the painting shows the couple performing the 7 acts of mercy (feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead). By performing these acts the couple profile themselves as good Christians who are worthy of a place in Heaven. Painting from 1500-1520.