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Monster Playing The Harp from the Temptation of St. Anthony
By Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1519)
This creature with its monstrous skull is riding on a peculiarly plucked goose-like creature. He is playing his harp, here as a symbol for one of the many temptations to which mankind is exposed and which Saint Anthony so bravely resisted. Even in those days, making music could apparently lead to lecherous behaviour.
Dimensions: 5 in. x 5.5 in. x 3.5 in. 1.0 lb. Made of quality resin with hand-painted color details.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK: THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY
Saint Anthony won a lot of praise in HiŽronymus Bosch's heyday. He resisted diabolical temptations, in sharp contrast with the ordinary mortals, as this triptych portrays in splendid colors. The closed panels show the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus.