2016, pastel on paper, 24 x 18


St. Anthony is the monastic Christian saint terrorized and tempted by the Devil and his demons. A famous medieval art subject, here he is in the abandoned tomb, tempted to distraction by a demon and encouraged by a heavenly being to reject the fiend. The lighted candle may signify the burning light of God, guiding his inestimable devotee to hold fast to his faith, or the burning temptation of the Devil, beckoning the saint like a moth to a flame.


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