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The Temptation of St. Anthony, (painting)

Artist:
Leloir, Alexandre Louis
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 64
"(Fr. Dec'd.) Paris. Medals 1864, 1868, 1870. Legion of Honor, Med. 3rd cl. 1878. The temptation of St. Anthony. 40 x 28. The famous recluse, St. Anthony, is here represented as struggling with one of the temptations by which, according to his biographer athanasius, he was assailed when a hermit in the desert of Egypt, where he is stated to have withdrawn towards the latter part of the third century, after having sold all his possessions and distributed the proceeds to the poor. His historian avers that the devil having tried the saint's constancy in every other way, as a last resource, assumed the shape of lustful beauties, such as the two who in the picture are laying siege to his virtue. Horror, pain and vehement internal struggle are scored in every line of his countenance, in the parted lip, the dilated nostril and the spasmodically contracted brow. Long vigils and cruel fasts have made that strong but aristocratic face lean and cadaverous. In his anguish, the saint clutches at the rude cross which all but snaps in his grasp. The scriptures, now lying under the foot of one of the sirens, the death's head, water-jug and piece of dry bread sufficiently indicate, in his case, the daily food supplied to both soul and body. The modeling, as well as the flesh painting of the two female figures is beyond praise. The face of the saint is made to convey his internal agony in a most consummate fashion, while the drawing of the hands is perfect. This is a picture which it is fair to call a poem in color."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.
Artist nationality: French.
Artist address: Paris.
Artist professional affiliation: F.L.H.
Topic:
Religion--Saint--St. Anthony
State of Being--Evil--Temptation
Figure group--Female--Nude
Control number:
AECI 04120064
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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