Nov 20, 2007

The Temptation of St. Anthony

The Temptation of St. Anthony


Lucas Cranach

(German, 1472–1553)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1945.340

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 76

State: II/II



The group of demonic figures attacking Saint Anthony was inspired by the Martin Schongauer engraving of the same subject from about 1475, though the extensive landscape is a fine example of Cranach's individual style. The Temptation of Saint Anthony has possible connections to the Chancellor of Wittenberg University, Goswin von Orsoy (1450-1515), who was also the preceptor of the Antonite monastery at nearby Lichtenburg. The group of buildings in the scene may represent this monastery, which was later destroyed; the monastery also owned a chapel in Wittenberg where there was an altarpiece of Saint Anthony.

See also
PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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