TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)

The Temptation of St Anthony

after 1640
Oil on oak, 52,5 x 81,5 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

The temptations or trials of St Anthony, who was tormented by spectres, witches and devils while living as a hermit among the barren cliffs, had often been depicted in Netherlandish painting. The basic type of mountain cliffs and fantastic figures in human and animal forms shows a clear relationship to Bosch and Bruegel. As well as peasant scenes, landscapes and mythology, Teniers had an interest in depicting ghosts, witches and alchemists.