JAN MANDYN (1502–1560)
THE TEMPTATION OF ST ANTHONY
As a hermit St Anthony had to resist countless temptations from evil spirits who tried to tempt him with lust, gold and silver, tormented him with loud noises or appeared to him in the shape of reptiles or wild beasts. Nonetheless, according to the literary sources of Jacobus de Voragine (Legenda aurea) or St Athanasius (c. 300–373), Anthony refused to yield.

Jan Mandyn shows the saint in his black monastic habit on the left in the foreground. Holding the Bible in his hand, he raises his left arm to shield himself from the sight of the horrors taking place behind him. Mandyn’s most important source of inspiration for the highly imaginative depiction of the demons was the work of Hieronymus Bosch (1450–1516)
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Jan Mandyn (1502–1560)
The Temptation of St Anthony
Oil on wood
Hohenbuchau Collection, Inv.-No. HB-48
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