Dear readers, this week we return to the realm of 16th century "Painters Who Got Their Drugs From Hieronymus Bosch's Dealer." I assume this is what you come here for, because the top search engine results that have brought people to this site are apparently "hell" and "naked bottoms." That is not even a joke. Thank you, Google.
Anyway, I present to you this painting by Dutch artist Jan Mandijn, "The Temptation of Saint Anthony." At least, that is the title as far as I can tell; there is remarkably little information immediately available about it. The best-quality copy I could find is from this actual art blog.
This is another doozy, so I will pick a few details and let you just soak in the rest. We'll start with the small stuff, like...
pièce de résistance: the Head Hut. With its convenient dock for your private gondola, this skull house makes for an ideal dwelling for the man with a watery commute. The mouth-kitchen provides plenty of ventilation for a wood-burning stove, allowing for gourmet cooked meals and smoked meats year-round. Instead of the window to the soul, here the eye is just a window, and the designer's quirky reinterpretation of pince-nez glasses is sure to be the envy of the neighbors. The eye-socket lamp makes for a friendly invitation, suggesting visitors should come in for a nice drink and a cyanide pill.
Through all this, Saint Anthony remains untempted. In fact, he looks downright bored, completely oblivious to the arson, decapitated architecture, and rampaging fish-creatures lurking just over his shoulder. If this is what temptation looked like in the 16th century, I pale to think what made them horrified.