|Martin Schongauer, The Temptation of St. Anthony. Copperplate engraving. Germany, 1470s.|
The left-most demon with the club has always been one of my favorites. I always saw him with a flute for a nose, though Schongauer does not render him so. Earlier this summer I re-imagined the demon as a musician. Demons and the playing of music have been joined since the dawn of the Christian age, so it seems appropriate to me that Schongauer's demon may have played his nose as a flute from time to time, singing his own words in accompaniment.
|"Piping Demon" Pen and ink. Copyright 2011 Jessica Boehman|