Trials and miracles of St. Anthony the Great on this icon are depicted in four episodes around the portrait of the saint. He sits in a stone desert staring into a vision of a shining mandorla in which the human soul is in the form of a swaddled child, and angels are taking it to heaven. This scene emphasizes the transparency of Saint Anthony, who sits in the mountain and observes with spiritual eyes the ascent of the soul of the monk Amon to the heavenly settlement deserved by the monastic feat.

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