| "Altarpiece of the
Temptation of St. Anthony"
St. Anthony the Hermit was the founder of
Christian monasticism. Among the saints, he was Bosch's favorite. Bosch painted "The Temptation of St. Anthony" around 1500 as part
of a major triptych. The original is in the National Museum of Art in
Lisbon (Spain). The central panel depicts the kneeling figure of St
Anthony tormented by devils. These include, among other creatures, a
thistle-headed man and a fish that is half gondola. While strikingly
bizarre, many of the images would have been familiar to Bosch's
contemporaries because they related to Flemish proverbs and religious
terminology. The images come to possess an inexplicable surrealistic
power and prefigure such contemporary surrealists as Saldor Dali, Yves
Tanguy and others. This extraordinary detailed nesting doll is painted
panoramically (all the way around).
By V. Tsekh of Rostov on the Don, 1994. 7 nest, 7". 1 only
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