The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

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.)
Location: not on view


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.
  • John D. Rockefeller, New York.
  • The Brummer Gallery Records. Cloisters (Museum), n.d. X0965
  • Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (July 7-October 6, 2019).
  • {{cite web|title=Temptation of Saint Anthony of Egypt|url=false|author=|year=c. 1400s|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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