Saint Anthony, the Theban hermit of the 3rd century, has become somewhat a star among saints because of the attribution of healing powers given to his relics. His legend was a favorite subject among painters who found powerful images in his temptations that expressed sensuality, the precariousness of human existence, the never-ending struggle between the Good and the Bad, and the quest for God. So many paintings of his tribulations exist that it would almost be possible to make a survey of the history of western painting based entirely on this iconography. The film is not an anthology. It entices the viewer’s regard into the phantasmagorical or hyper-realistic universe of the paintings of some of the most significant painters of their times: Sassetta, Jérôme Bosch Matthias Grünewald, Véronèse, David Teniers, Claude le Lorrain, Félicien Rops, Fernand Khnopff, James Ensor, Fantin-Latour, Witkiewicz, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, etc. The interpretation of the myth and the history of Saint Anthony has changed along with the pictural styles over the centuries.
Production: Zeno Films
Co-production: CBA, RTBF