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Saint Anthony on frog

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On the left panel of the triptych The Temptation of Saint Anthony, the saint is carried away after he has been battered by the devil. In the sacred story he is once again assaulted and tossed high into the air by the devils. Poor Anthony here lies praying on a flying frog, whilst he is being besieged by devils in wolves clothing. The frog appears on the painting as an androgynous symbol several times

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony won a lot of praise in Hiëronymus Bosch’s heyday. He resisted diabolical temptations, in sharp contrast with the ordinary mortals, as this triptych portrays in splendid colours.

On the left panel the saint is carried away after he has been battered by the devil. In the sacred story he is once again assaulted and tossed high into the air by the devils.

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