Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons
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Martin Schongauer

Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons, ca. 1470


Blatt
311 x 227 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33744
Object Number
33744 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1861
Status
On display, Department of Prints and Drawings Exhibition Gallery

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About the Work

During his time as a hermit in the desert, Saint Anthony (according to legend AD 251–356) was reportedly beset by demons. Schongauer depicts him quietly submitting to the ordeal, encircled by diabolical hybrids of fantasy and inventively combined observations of nature. Anthony was the patron saint against ergotism, a widespread disease caused by fungus-infested grain. In Isenheim near Colmar, the Order of Saint Anthony ran a monastery and a hospital for persons suffering from this condition.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: M+S [S punziert]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet (mit Bleistift): B. 47 / ffe [?]
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Kleiner Ochsenkopf mit Stange und Stern
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XLIX.132.54 II (von II)
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.054
  • Lehrs V.243.54 (⁎⁎⁎) II (von II)
  • Bartsch VI.140.47

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1861

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 122

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11H(ANTONY ABBOT)6(+4) the hermit Antony Abbot (Antonius Abbas) of Egypt, also called the Great; possible attributes: bell, book, T-shaped staff, flames, pig - martyrdom, suffering, misfortune, death of male saint (+ devil(s))
  • 11K31 devils in purely fantasy shape
  • 31A2763 floating in the air
Secondary

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19.01.2023