Landscape with the Temptation of Saint Anthony

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Landscape with the Temptation of Saint Anthony


Roelandt Savery (Flemish, 1576 - 1639)




Netherlands (Place created)




Oil on panel


48.7 x 94 cm (19 3/16 x 37 in.)

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Transforming the theme of the temptation of Saint Anthony into a celebration of nature's magnificence, Flemish landscape and still life painter Roelandt Savery depicted the hermit Anthony reading a Bible--oblivious to the antics of numerous fantastic demons--while seated in a rustic cell. His wooden hut is nestled in a majestic and thickly wooded alpine wilderness, the true subject of Savery's painting.

by about 1790 - 1850

Neve Family, Spanish (Seville, Spain?)

possibly by 1812

Poulett Family, British (Hinton House, Hinton St. George, Somerset, England), by descent to Countess Margaret Poulett.

- 1973

George Amias Fitzwarrine, eigth earl Poulett, British (Hinton House, Hinton St. George, Somerset, England.), upon his death, inherited by his wife, Countess Margaret Christine Poulett, 1973.

- 1984

Countess Margaret Christine Poulett [sold, Lawrence Fine Art of Crewkerne, Somerset, England, April 12, 1984, lot 26, 132,000 British Pounds Sterling, to Brian Pilkington.]

1984 - 2008

Brian Pilkington, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.

Dutch Landscape: The Early Years, Haarlem and Amsterdam 1590-1650 (September 3 to November 23, 1986) (Cat. 27)
  • The National Gallery (London), September 3 to November 23, 1986
Art and Nature (1993) (Cat. 27)
  • MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Japan, (Atami), 1993

Lawrence Fine Art, Crewkerne. Paintings, Watercolours, and Prints. April 12, 1984 pp. 22-23, lot 26, ill.

Brown, Christopher. Dutch Landscape: The Early Years, Haarlem and Amsterdam 1590-1650, exh. cat. (London: The National Gallery, 1986) p. 124, no. 27, ill.

Briels, Jan. Vlaamse schilders in de noordelijke Nederlanden in het begin van de Gouden Eeuw, 1585-1630 (Haarlem: H. J. W. Becht, 1987) pp. 340, 343, 344, fig. 436.

Sutton, Peter C., et al. Masters of 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Painting, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1987) pp. 483-84, under no. 99, entry by Alan Chong, fig. 1.

Müllenmeister, Kurt J. Roelant Savery: Die Gemälde mit kritischem Oeuvrekatalog (Freren: Luca Verlag, 1988) pp. 313-14, 386, no. 242, ill.

Pilkington, Brian. Art and Nature, exh. cat. (London: Pilkington Foundation, 1993) unpaginated, ill.

Spicer, Joaneath A. "Roelandt [Roelant] Savery." In The Dictionary of Art. Jane Turner, ed. Vol. 27 (London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1996) p. 886.

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