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The Temptation of Saint Anthony
  • Hippolyte (Paul) Delaroche (1797 - 1856)
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony
  • France
  • c. 1832
  • Painting
  • Oil on millboard
  • Image size: 20 x 16 cm
    Object size: 57 x 46 x 9.5 cm
  • P311
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Probably painted c.1832. Saint Anthony Abbot, the father of monasticism, died in 356 A.D. at the age of 105, after a life of self-denial. While living with a group of hermits he overcame a series of temptations devised by Satan, including beautiful women who tried to lure him into sin. The subject is no doubt related to a stage design for Cavé and Coralli's opera-ballet 'La Tentation', first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique on 20 June 1832. Delaroche provided the stage design for the final scene.