The temptation of Saint Anthony (disambiguation)  

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Je veux boire des poisons, me perdre
dans les vapeurs, dans les rêves!

"I want to drink poisons, to lose myself
in mists, in dreams!"

Diana, in The Temptation of Saint Anthony
by Gustave Flaubert.

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The Temptation (or Temptations) of St. Anthony is a popular theme in the history of Western art. Many visual artists have depicted these incidents from the life of Saint Anthony as told in Life of Antony; in prose, the tale was retold and embellished by Gustave Flaubert.

Some of the stories of the demons and temptations that Saint Anthony is reported to have faced are perpetuated now mostly in paintings, where they give an opportunity and pretext for artists to depict their more lurid or bizarre fantasies. Emphasis on these stories, however, did not really begin until the Middle Ages, when the psychology of the individual became a greater interest.




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