Saint Anthony of Padua, also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic friar and priest who lived in the 12th century. He is venerated as a saint by Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox Christians, and is known for his powerful preaching and miracles.
In art, Saint Anthony is often depicted holding a book or a lily, symbols of his devotion to learning and purity. He is also often shown with a model of the infant Jesus, representing his role as a patron saint of lost and stolen articles.
One of the most famous depictions of Saint Anthony in art is the painting "Saint Anthony Preaching to the Fish" by Giovanni Bellini, which shows the saint standing on the shore of a river, holding a book and preaching to a group of fish. This painting is said to depict a legend in which Saint Anthony preached to a group of fish who had gathered to listen to him.
Saint Anthony is also often depicted in statues and other works of art, particularly in churches and shrines dedicated to him. Many of these works depict the saint in his Franciscan habit, with the brown robes and hood characteristic of the order.
In addition to his depictions in traditional art forms, Saint Anthony has also been depicted in popular culture, including in literature, film, and music. He is considered a popular and beloved saint, and his image has been used in a variety of contexts to represent faith, devotion, and miracles.