The world is the devil’s workshop and only faith can help you resist it. This moralizing view of life dominated medieval thought, as reflected by this painting. The landscape includes harrowing scenes: burning buildings, prancing demons, marauding armies, and naked temptresses. The prayerful Saint Anthony remains untouched. Steadfast amid chaos and temptation, he serves to sustain faithful viewers in the face of their own spiritual challenges.



  • Title: Temptation of Saint Anothony
  • Creator: Studio of Hieronymus Bosch
  • Date: ca.1450-1516
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (41.9 x 26.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood

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