No-one seems to care about the horrific scene unfolding as poor Bartholomew is fighting his last battle, surrounded and taunted by his executioners.
In a certain sense, our anonymous master liberated himself from the influence of the omnipresent Rubens and opened up his composition, placing his figures in a broader landscape. Our master also devoted a lot of attention to the interplay between the vibrant pinks, deep blues and oranges. The altarpiece certainly blends Antwerp early baroque with Rome high baroque.
This surprisingly beautiful, gothic church was built largely between 1476 and 1617, was given a baroque exterior in the 1700s and restored in neo-gothic style at the end of the 19th century. Colourful murals adorn the magnificent interior, which includes a baroque pulpit dating from between 1755 and 1770.