The woodcut depicts saints as intercessors and models of Christian virtue, emphasizing a communal aspect of sainthood. The top three saints, Saint Damian, Saint Pantaleon, and Saint Cosmas, were all physicians, highlighting their significant roles in Christian hagiography. The woodcut medium played a crucial role in disseminating devotional imagery, especially during the Reformation. The attire and attributes of the saints served as visual cues for identifying their martyrdom, patronage, or miracles. This imagery was an important didactic tool for teaching about the lives and virtues of the saints within the Catholic tradition.

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Saint Damian, Saint Pantaleon and Saint Cosmas with four other saints below. Woodcut.
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