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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

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48.7 × 94 cm (19 3/16 × 37 in.)

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Object Description

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?)
Source: The coat of arms of the Neve family appears on a wax seal on the back of the panel. JPGM Paintings Department, curatorial files.

possibly by 1812

Poulett Family, British, (Hinton House, Hinton St. George, Somerset, England), by descent to Countess Margaret Poulett.
Source: Possibly depicted in outline to the right of the fireplace on the east wall of the "Ladies Sitting Room," Hinton House, in the elevation drawing by or for Sir Jeffry Wyatville, ca. 1812, National Art Library, London, 86.ZZ.57.

- 1973

George Amias Fitzwarrine Poulett, 8th 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)
  • The National Gallery (London), September 3 to November 23, 1986
Art and Nature (1993)
  • 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: 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, fig. 1, entry by Alan Chong.

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.

The National Gallery Review: April 2005 to March 2006 (London: The National Gallery, 2006), p. 20, ill.