[FRANCE.ALPSSOUTH 29841] ’Christ appearing to St. Anthony in Clans.’
’Christ appearing to St. Anthony in Clans.’
The ceiling and walls of the medieval Chapelle Saint Antoine l‘Ermite in Clans are decorated with thirty six scenes from the life of Saint Anthony the Great, that were painted by an anonymous artist in the 15th century. Here we see a scene where Christ appears to Anthony, strengthening him in his plan to found a monastery.
Anthony the Great (ca. 251 - 356 AD), also known as Anthony of the Desert or Anthony of Thebes, was an early Christian ascetic who chose the life of a hermit in the desert of Egypt. He is said to have lived in a tomb and an old abandoned Roman fort, where he was harassed by phantoms and wild beasts. Eventually he gathered a group of followers who sought spiritual enlightenment, thus becoming the Father of Monasticism. The monastery he founded is located in the eastern desert of Egypt, 150 km southeast of Cairo.
The village of Clans can be found in the French Alps, 35 km north of Nice. Photo Paul Smit.
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