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A monk, suffering a hallucination that he is being attacked by wolves, being freed from his delusions by Saint Anselm. Drawing by an artist in the circle of J.W. Baumgartner.

  • Baumgartner, Johann Wolfgang, 1712-1761
Date
[between 1720 and 1729?]
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46944i
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An incident at the abbey of Bec, Normandy, described in Eadmer's life of Anselm, printed e.g. in Eadmer, The life of St Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury, ed. R.W. Southern, Oxford 1962, chapter xv, pp. 24-25, and in Acta Sanctorum, vol. 11, Paris and Rome 1866, cap. iii, p. 868, para. 21. Eadmer (c. 1060-c. 1126), an English monk who was a member of Anselm's household, knew him well, and wrote his biography. The story is one of those which Eadmer advanced in favour of Anselm's canonisation. Anselm was eventually made a Doctor of the Church, and thus a saint, in 1720, and this drawing reflects his new status at that time. The artist represents the wolves being struck by a laser-like beam representing Saint Anselm's words

Publication/Creation

[Augsburg?], [between 1720 and 1729?]

Physical description

1 drawing : pen and black ink and black wash heightened with white on blue paper ; sheet 12.4 x 15.4 cm

Lettering

S. Anselmus Bischoff. Die 21. April. Sadeler. P.V.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 46944i

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  • German


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