The Temptation of St. Anthony

The Temptation of St. Anthony


Martin Schongauer

(German, c.1450-1491)


Sheet: 29.9 x 22.1 cm (11 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1923.227

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.243.54

State: II/II



One of the most popular stories of Saint Anthony’s
legend is his temptation in the desert. Here he

gazes serenely at the viewer as frenzied demons
grab his limbs, clothes, and hair, and pound him

with sticks. Martin Schongauer depicted these
imagined creatures in a remarkably convincing

way. His realistic depiction of their scales and fur point to his direct observation of animals, yet he

compiled these naturalistic details to produce some of the most fantastic and grotesque fabrications in

the history of printmaking.

See also
PR - Engraving
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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