GUARINO, Francesco
(b. 1611, Sant'Agata Irpina, nr Solofra, d. 1654, Gravina di Puglia)

St Anthony Abbot and the Centaur

Oil on canvas, 40 x 66 cm
Private collection

The life of St Anthony Abbot was popularised during the thirteenth century by Jacopo da Voragine's Golden Legend. Towards the end of his life, while on his way to visit St Paul the Hermit, who lived in the wilderness, St Anthony met a centaur who showed him the path to take. It is curious to see a religious scene interrupted by an element from Greek mythology.

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