Saint-Antoine ... à travers ses longs cheveux qui lui couvraient la figure, j'ai cru reconnaître Ammonaria
(Saint Anthony: Beneath her long hair, which covered her face, I thought I recognised Ammonaria)
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In this scene Saint Anthony sees a woman being flogged in Alexandria. Flaubert refers to her as Ammonaria, a virgin who suffered martyrdom in Alexandria. The composition is relatively simple and relies essentially on Redon's ability to communicate through the variety of textures and effects that he could produce with lithographic ink. Most striking is the different handling of the figures. The flogger is created from a thick, brutal black line. Curiously, there seems to be a figure outlined on the wall on the left behind the flogger. In contrast, the woman is posed elegantly, her form revealed through subtle gradations of light and dark. Redon made a separate edition of ten proofs (without the letters) of this print, revealing the importance he placed on it. Furthermore, he exhibited this plate in May 1888 in the Paris Salon, in anticipation of the album.