Temptation of Saint Anthony

Frans van den Wyngaerde, Flemish, 1614 - 1679. After a painting by David Teniers II, Flemish (active Antwerp and Brussels), 1610 - 1690.

Made in Antwerp, Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

Mid- 17th century

Etching and engraving

Sheet: 7 13/16 x 10 3/8 inches (19.9 x 26.3 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Saint Anthony survived episodes of temptation and torture by demons while living as a hermit in the desert. The composition that Teniers used for his many scenes of Saint Anthony was surprisingly similar to those of his alchemist scenes, and this was deliberate, for the alchemist's virtue lay in his patience, hope, and concentration on his goal, which was partly spiritual or philosophical as well as physical.