Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014

Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt

Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt

c. 1400s


Overall: 46.4 x 38.6 cm (18 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)

Gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1938.168



Saint Anthony (AD 251–356) was a Christian monk from Egypt, revered since his death as a saint. Many of his tales are conveyed in the Golden Legend, a classic work of the Middle Ages containing lively tales of saints’ miracles written in a simple style for a wide audience. This scene illustrates the supernatural temptation faced by Saint Anthony during his retreat to the Egyptian desert. The saint is being tempted by hideous demons, which he resisted.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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