The Temptation of Saint Anthony

This very rare (on Belgian "Rouge Royal" Marble) and well-preserved oval-formed painting has been made in the tradition of Hiëronimus Bosch. "The temptation of Saint Anthony" was a well known subject in the 16th century, not only because of the saints popularity but also because it gave artists the opportunity to paint monsters, seductive women and imaginary landscapes.
St. Anthony the Abbot is portrayed in meditation, in a rocky landscape. He is represented in a setting of solitude and praying and in contrast to that all kind of monsters and mysterious creatures are trying to approach him.
The painter plays an interesting and intelligent game with the material of the work (the marble) and the subject (rocks).
Oil and tempera on Marble, 32 x 43,5cm

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Private collection, Belgium.
Private collection, Belgium.