Temptation of St. Anthony
oil on canvas
93 x 93 in.
The scene of an aging hermit surrounded by jeering demons has captivated me and left its imprint. For the past months I have been trying to figure out exactly who this hermit is and what he means to me. Painting serves as a form of understanding, a document of research. St. Anthony remains an icon of the utmost Christian piety in the face of sin, yet I cannot remember ever attending a church service. Thus, how would I ever be able to operate within the church based painting tradition of St. Anthony that initially piqued my interest? What is gained when a distinctly religious subject matter is painted by a secular individual without religious intentions? I am from San Francisco, have a passionate love for graffiti, distrust for police, and my depiction of the scene reflects this clearly. If there is any correlation to be found I believe that it is in the idea that each artist that has labored over such subject matter has undoubtedly imbued St. Anthony with a bit of themselves, modeling the legendary hermit in their own image.
Makanna, Nick, “Temptation of St. Anthony,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed April 19, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1513.