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Saint Anthony the Great• Traditional greek icon
Ο άγιος Αντώνιος ο Μέγας (gr.)
• Egg tempera on wood pannel, gold-leaf gilding
30 x 40 cm
• Private collection
Our venerable and God-bearing Father Saint Anthony the Great was born in to a wealthy family in upper Egypt about 254 AD. Also known as Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, and Anthony the Anchorite, he was a leader among the Desert Fathers, who were Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Orthodox Church celebrates his feast on January 17.
© Marie Lavie