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Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons - Vintage Art Print - Religious Art - Angels and Demons - Grotesque Odd Weird Art - Old Maps and Prints
"Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons" is an engraving by German artist Martin Schongauer, completed sometime between 1470 and 1475. This historic piece was ground breaking work in the medieval art world as it was one of the first engravings completed in metal as opposed to wood. The imaginative power used to illustrate the demons assault made this engraving famous throughout Europe. The grotesque devils are illustrated with a mix of body parts from different domains of the animal kingdom contributing wings, horns, fur, scales, beaks and claws to make up fiends who act with evil malice against the pious saint.
In a biography by Athanasius of Alexandria it is said the rigorous asceticism practiced by the hermit-saint in the Egyptian desert allowed him to levitate in the air, where he was attacked by frenzied demons pictured grabbing at his limbs, clothes, and hair and pounding him with sticks to beat him to the ground. Yet he gazes serenely out at the viewer as a model of steadfastness to those suffering and tempted to lose their faith in an ever-loving God.
+When St. Anthony entered to the desert, the demons watched him dauntingly, saying, “O You young of age and mind, how did you dare to enter our territory, as we have never seen a human before you.” And they all started to fight him. He said to them, “O strong ones, what do you want from me, the weak; And who am I so that you all gather to fight me. Don’t you know that I am ashes and dust, and unable to fight the smallest in you.” And he lay on the ground, shouting to God, “O God, help me, and strengthen my weakness. Have mercy on me, as I sought after you. Do not leave me; and do not let those who think that I am something overcome me. O God, You know that I am unable to fight the smallest of these.” When the demons heard this prayer full of life and humility they fled away, and dared not approach him.+
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◆ Rated lightfast up to 200+ years
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