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The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Related: Christianity - Grunewald - Gustave Flaubert

Matthies Grunewald, The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Detail from Panel from Isenheim Altarpiece), 1515

Some of the stories included in Saint Anthony's biography are perpetuated now mostly in paintings, where they give an opportunity for artists to depict their more lurid or bizarre fantasies. Many pictorial artists, from Hieronymus Bosch to Salvador Dalí, have depicted these incidents from the life of Anthony; in prose, the tale was retold and embellished by Gustave Flaubert. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_the_Great#Saint_Anthony_by_Athanasius [Dec 2005]

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1878) - Félicien Rops

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1878) - Félicien Rops

See also: Belgium - Félicien Rops - 1878 - art - decadents


A temptation is an act that looks appealing to an individual. It is usually used to describe acts with negative connotations and as such, tends to lead a person to regret such actions as a result of guilt. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into commiting such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss.

"Temptation" is usually used in a loose sense to describe actions which indicate a lack of self control, such as procrastination or eating junk food.

In advertising, temptation is a theme common to many of the marketing and advertising techniques used to make products more attractive for purchase by consumers.

Christian views of temptation
In a Christian religious context, "temptation" refers to the inducement to commit an act of sin or morality; in a strictly Biblical sense, the word means evil that is tempting, or the state of being in tempted of Satan.

Seduction is thus the act of one person tempting another, typically into an act of sexual immorality. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temptation [Dec 2005]

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