Feb 23, 2005
Jan 5, 2009

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (second version)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (second version)


Jacques Callot

(French, 1592–1635)


Support: Medium weight antique laid paper

Sheet: 35.6 x 46.3 cm (14 x 18 1/4 in.); Platemark: 31 x 45.8 cm (12 3/16 x 18 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2005.179

Catalogue raisonné: Lieure 1416, state II/V



The Witches' Sabbath was said to be the meeting of sinister forces for devil worship through dancing, feasting, or sacrifices. In depicting this orgy of bodies and monsters, artists often borrowed from religious imagery. Numerous Renaissance images provided Jacques Callot with a litany of fantastic creatures for his widely influential Temptation of Saint Anthony, depicting the steadfast saint as he endures the mental and spiritual tortures of hell.

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