The Temptation of St. Anthony

19th century
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Boilly’s scene represents the Temptations of Saint Anthony, a biblical subject. While embarking on his desert pilgrimage through Egypt, Anthony experienced a series of supernatural trials. Here, Boilly illustrated a nude nymph attempting to seduce him. Anthony’s horrified reaction to the woman’s embrace and the prominent crucifix on the right create a humorous juxtaposition between piety and lustful desire.
The Temptation of St. Anthony

The Temptation of St. Anthony

19th century

Julien Léopold Boilly

(French, 1796–1874)
France, 19th century

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