The Temptation of Saint Anthony

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Anthony the Great, Christian saint and hermit, is shown twice on this one panel. He spent a lot of his life in the Egyptian desert and suffered hallucinations. He is first seen being visited by disguised demons under a tree, and then when tormented by others in the air.

Ultimately, this painting derives from the various treatments of this temptation theme by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450–1516), but it is a less disturbing imitation.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster


The Temptation of Saint Anthony


oil on panel


H 18 x W 22 cm

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bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

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