Anthony Abbot was a 3rd-century saint who retired to the desert, where he was frequently tempted by the Devil. In this depiction he receives a vision of Christ during his torment.

The painting is considered to date from the early part of Annibale's activity in Rome and shows the influence of both Northern Italian models, like Correggio's figures in the cupola of S. Giovanni Evangelista in Parma, and Roman ones. The pose of Saint Anthony recalls Michelangelo's Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1560 - 1609
Full title
Christ appearing to Saint Anthony Abbot during his Temptation
Date made
about 1598
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
49.5 x 34.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1846
Inventory number
NG198
Location in Gallery