This artwork by Vos
depicts the landing of Saint Paul at Malta, which is recorded in Acts 28
. According to the account, Paul and his followers were greeted by the natives of Malta with food and a fire. When a snake suddenly bit Paul near the fire, the Apostle cast the viper into the flames, and to the surprise of the natives, Paul was unharmed. To this day, the Island of Malta is free of venomous snakes.