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
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.
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