Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Temptation in the Wilderness

The Temptation of Christ by Titian
The Temptaion by Tissot



Denying Satan by Carl Bloch

Tissot's version is my favorite but the Titian one is fascinating because the Devil is not shown as a threatening figure at all. He looks benign, reasonable, even cute. That's how the Devil always appears to us.


2 comments:

Old Bob said...

Father's homily tonight was about that exactly: he appears cute.

newguy40 said...

I'm a Tissot fan. I wonder if Satan as depicted by Tissot in this version is shown as a "desert father"? One of the hermits known to be an example of mortification and prayer?

Yes. The Titian is credible.

The thing I want to point out is the Jesus allowed satan to tempt him. Jesus knew exactly who it was offering him goodies. I'm afraid most of us arent given that knowledge. Satan offers us much less than he offered Jesus too. We gotten be gotten for much less, can't we?