In his work, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” Bosch put his soul into it. His famous triptych is one of the artist’s best paintings. The basis for writing was the plot of the literature of the Middle Ages on how St. Anthony succumbed to terrible temptations in the Egyptian desert. The original painting is stored in the State Museum of Lisbon. In Portugal, the canvas turned out in 1523: then it was acquired by Damiao de Gois famous Portuguese humanist. It has a canvas and several copies (there are about 20 of them).
This masterpiece of European painting, created by Bosch, has several components. So, in the central part of the triptych the “Temptation of St. Anthony ”, on the left shutter -“ Flight and fall ... ”, on the right -“ Visions ... ”. On the outer wings depicts episodes of the Passion of Christ.
The central part of the triptych is filled with fantastic characters. So, a white bird pretended to be a real ship with wings, rising to the sky. Most likely, Bosch's inventions came from graffiti on coins of the era of Alexander the Great.
In the center of the canvas, the ceremony of the black mass is performed, which indicates the conflicting moods and embarrassment of the master of the brush. Here, female priests rule the sacrilege service. They are surrounded by a mixed crowd: after a cripple to a sinful communion, a creature playing on a mandolin, dressed in a black cloak, has an owl and a snout of a wild boar on its head. In these circumstances, an owl symbolizes a lie, although in other sources it is a symbol of light forces, the so-called God’s eye, watching the actions of participants in the alchemical process.
Monsters come out of a huge red fruit. Their leader, the demon, plays the harp. In the background is a sorcerer in a cylinder that controls the actions of a group of demons. At the bottom of the canvas, the artist depicted a floating duck without a head, on the neck of which there is a small window from where a demon peeks.
The main character of the left shutter is St. Anthony. He fell from heaven and the antonites lift him. At the top of the sash, the Saint folded his hands in prayer, ignoring his tormentors.
On the right wing, Anthony is presented to the viewer as a knight of solid faith, who defeated evil forces.
The great artist Bosch believed that alchemists are real heretics. The brush master tried very hard to reveal to the viewer how misinterpretation of the Bible the alchemists had with their heretical thoughts.
Composition By Picture Green Rylov Noise