The Temptation of St. Anthony

These images are taken from just one panel of the twelve panel’s that make up the magnificent The Isenheim Altarpiece the masterpiece for which German Artist Grünewald is most famous for.

The iconography of the altarpiece has several unusual elements, several derived from closely following the accounts left by Saint Bridget of Sweden of her mystical visions. These had long had a significant influence on art, especially on depictions of the Nativity of Christ, a scene not included here. The crucifixion includes Saint John the Baptist, long dead by Gospel chronology.

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