Jan Mandijn -The Temptation of St. Anthony (~1550)

Born in Harlem in 1502, Jan Mandijn settled in Antwerp in 1530. He very rapidly built himself an excellent reputation there through his portrayals of dreamlike scenes such as his versions of the Temptation of Saint Anthony and Saint Christopher for which he drew largely on the fantastic creatures of Hieronymus Bosch, just like Pieter Huys. However, his amusing rather than truly disturbing compositions do not possess this fearful background that is characteristic of the Bois-le-Duc master. In just as characteristic a way, the paintings of Mandijn stand out owing to the heightened realism of his landscapes, often painted with supple and broad brushstrokes.

(De Jonckheere Gallery)