Temptation of St. Anthony, Salvador Dali, 1946

Temptation of St. Anthony, Salvador Dali, 1946
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  • Posted by Salvador Dali
  • Museum: Royal Belgian Museum of Fine Arts (Brussels)
  • Year: 1946

Overview of the painting :

The temptation of St. Anthony is Salvador Dali. 1946. Oil on canvas. 89.5×119.5

   In 1946, American film producer Albert Levine announced a competition to create an image of a sophisticated saint for the movie on the novel by Guy de Mopassan “Dear Friend” (Max Ernst became the winner). The painting “The Temptation of St. Anthony” (1946, the Royal Belgian Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels) was written for this competition. The image of this saint has been repeatedly used in art before Dali. For example, his favorite Bosch created triptych on a similar topic, work with the same name is also found in Cezanne.

   As you know, St. Anthony is a early Christian ascetic, a hermit who lived in the desert in the III — IV centuries. Satan, tempting the righteous, sent all kinds of seductive sinful visions to him. Once unclean himself appeared to the reverend in the form of a beautiful naked virgin (her, in a very erotic pose standing on an elephant, can be seen in the picture). However, not a single trick of the devil was successful.

   On the Dali canvas, these sins are carried by animals on thin spider legs. Surrender to the saint even for a minute – and the legs will break, and sins will fall to the ground, to Anthony himself.