This is a subject that has been dealt with by many artists over the centuries. My personal favorite versions are by Hieronymus Bosch and Martin Schongauer — in fact, my version below is partially inspired by Schongauer’s. The subject of the saint attacked and enticed by demons is ripe with potential for imaginative improvisation. I hope my version brings something new to the table, whilst still evoking a medieval sensibility.
The Temptation of St. Anthony, 2011, brush & ink on paper, 23.5″ x 18″.
Head of St. Anthony (study), 2011, brush & ink on paper, 10″ x 8″. The conception of the saint changed from this initial drawing, which often happens. The first drawing was intended to get me in the frame of mind to create the piece.