Zacharias slowly moves down the stairs, while a young boy helps him, then on the other side you see Joseph as he climbs up the hill leading his donkey; these two figures are related by a several gestures that give the image more softness and fluidity. The several animals within the image have a symbolic meaning, for instance, the dog gives a touch of casualty and is a symbol of the faithfulness of the couples. The peacock, a symbol of vanity, is seen watching over its young. Therefore, the details of this image all give a symbolic meaning, which draws the observer to the scene and to what the meaning of this image really is.
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