9-24-07 - Isenheim altarpiece By Nikolaus Hagenauer Saint...

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Isenheim altarpiece By Nikolaus Hagenauer Saint Anthony o Considered the founder of Christian monasticism o Lived in the third century, born to rich roman family Hears a voice telling him to give up his wealth o Isolates himself from the village and goes to deserted tomb o Conflicted by demons who punish him o Moves to abandoned fort, receive no visitors o Forms a colony, then trains men as monks Order of Antonine monks formed by noble who was cured by a disease called st. anthony’s fire o Monks job is to heal people in the countryside o Monastery was a hospital, people came there to be taken care of For a long time altarpiece was interpreted through means of what it meant for monks Should also be interpreted through eyes of sick people who saw it a certain amount of times a year St. Anthony’s fire o A plague, terrible o A rotting of the flesh o Also a burning sensation, with spasms o Treated with amputation o Physicians didn’t cure the sick, they just treated them and provided some
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