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


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311 x 227 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33744
Object Number
33744 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1861
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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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.

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14.05.2024