Attributed to Niclaus of Haguenau / Saint Anthony Abbot / ca. 1500Attributed to Niclaus of Haguenau
Saint Anthony Abbot
ca. 1500

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Creator Name: Niclaus of Haguenau
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: German, ca. 1445-before 1538
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Niclaus of Haguenau
Title: Saint Anthony Abbot
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Creation Start Date: 1480
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: ca. 1500
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-wood
Materials and Techniques: walnut
Dimensions: H. 44 3/4 in. (113.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1988.159
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1988

The legend of Saint Anthony Abbot, a fourth-century Egyptian hermit, tells of how he heroically resisted the devil's torments. Here he conquers victorious over the devil, who writhes under his feet. The saint's staff originally would have impaled the monster's mouth. Saint Anthony's order was founded in Europe in the eleventh century and was dedicated to the care of the sick. The Antonites had two hospitals in Alsace-at Isenheim and at Strasbourg-and this powerful and dignified figure may have belonged to one of them. Carved in the round, it may have been carried in procession and, when at rest, housed in an altar shrine.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1988.159
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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