Jacopo Tintoretto, St. Roch in the Forest

1549
Oil on canvas
Church of St. Roch, Venice, Italy

St. Roch is pictured with his customary staff, mantle, and boots. The dog of the legend approaches with the day's loaf of bread. The milieu of the central scene appears to be a clearing in the woods, but what are those columns doing there?

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.