At the MFA, a large Flemish triptych depicts a martyred saint in vivid detail
Hippolytus was, according to legend, a Roman legionary who converted to Christianity and paid a heavy price. How heavy? This picture gives a fairly clear idea. Since its acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, in 1963, it has been one of the most amazing paintings in the museum’s collection. But because we don’t know who the artist is, it tends to get overlooked.