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Saint Anthony Abbot Tempted by a Heap of Gold  1435

by Master of the Osservanza Triptych

This panel is part of a cycle of scenes depicting the life of the hermit Saint Anthony Abbot. The painter's penchant for original and descriptive narrative detail appears in the treatment of the desert landscape and its fauna (symbols of the saint's temptations) beneath the luminous sky at dusk. A pot of gold in the lower left corner (which has been scraped away) symbolize...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art