St. Anthony of Padua Art Study

Look for the following symbols in the images of St. Anthony of Padua below:

  • St. Anthony holding lilies – represents the Saint’s purity

  • St. Anthony’s tonsure – sign of religious devotion, humility, and surrender to the will of God

  • St. Anthony preaching to the fishes – St. Anthony preached to the fishes to affect a change of heart in the heretics

  • St. Anthony holding a Bible – represents St. Anthony’s gift of preaching and speaking

  • St. Anthony’s bread – recalls St. Anthony’s charity towards the poor

  • St. Anthony’s brown habit – indicates his membership in the Franciscan Order

  • St. Anthony holding the Christ Child – recalls St. Anthony’s vision at Camposampiero and highlights his love for the humanity of Christ and intimacy with God

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