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Satan Tempting Christ

Artist: James Daugherty (Asheville, North Carolina, 1887 – 1974, Weston, Connecticut) Primary
Date: ca. 1919-1920
20th century
Dimensions: 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
Dimensions Extent: sight
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Oil on raw linen
Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of James Daugherty Foundation, Inc., 2021.
Accession Number: 2021.20.02
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A pair with 2021.20.01, Satan Tempting Christ is based on Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13 in which Christ, fasting for 40 days in the wilderness is tempted three times by Satan. Satan is on the right, faceless and inhuman. The three diminutive puppet-like figures at the top left represent the three temptations with which Satan enticed Christ.

This painting, along with 2021.20.01 were created just after the end of World War I, when Daugherty became deeply interested in portraying biblical subjects.


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