Spiritual Battle of St. Anthony

North River Gallery, New England Christian art
The Temptation of St. Anthony by A. Gassel

The Temptation of St.

There are multiple Catholic paintings of this across Europe. St. Anthony was in the caves, living
in the desert, near the cemetery. He came under the attack of demons. The Devil
approached St. Anthony with the face of a beautiful woman. Could it be he was
in love with a young lady, against his desire to be a celibate man dedicated to
God?  He was the founder of the first
structured Christian communities known as monasteries in the 4th
century. The sliver of light shining on his head is the source of his defense
against the forces of Death. It is the light of God supporting him.