Painters Paintings Mathis Gothart Nithart (Grünewald) (1475-1480 – 1528) Saint Anthony Tormented by…
Painters Work Mathis Gothart Nithart (Grünewald) (1475-1480 – 1528) Saint Anthony Affected by Demons (element) (panel, a part of The Isenheim Altarpiece (376 x 668 cm), between 1512 and 1516, Combined media (oil and tempera) on limewood panel, Unterlinden Museum at Colmar, Alsace, France
The panel of ‘Saint Anthony Abbott Affected by Demons’ is part of The Isenheim Altarpiece which was sculpted and painted by, respectively, the Germans Niclaus of Haguenau and Matthias Grünewald between 1512–1516.
This panel depicts the story of St Anthony who’s attacked and so badly overwhelmed by monstrous creatures despatched by Devil that his servant assumes he was useless and is about to bury him. However St Anthony regains consciousness and appeals to God for assist who sends angels to fight these evil demons. Then, orders his servant to take him again to his attackers in order that he may obtain extra punishment.
Within the portray, he lies on the bottom overwelmed by the ferocity of the devils, who’re tearing his flesh with their tooth, claws and horns, till an excellent gentle seems together with an angel, to scatter his assailants and ease his ache.
Impressed by the grotesque pictures of the sooner Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) and the Colmar engraver and painter Martin Schongauer (c.1440-91), Grunewald illustrated his story with quite a few examples of weird monsters, together with one or two decidedly humorous examples, displaying that even angst-ridden German non secular painters had their lighter moments. (2 closeups from the portray are in my story 👆)