1. Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
After his baptism Jesus spends 40 days in the wilderness, fasting. The devil asks him to turn stone into bread, thereby proving that he is the son of God. Jesus refuses: But he answered and said: It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'
That story is depicted top left. In the top center the devil and Jesus stand on the roof of a temple. The devil challenges Jesus to let himself fall: surely he will be caught by angels. On the right the two are on a high cliff. The devil offers Jesus all kingdoms in the world.
The main part of the fresco shows an offering. It probably is the sacrifice the leper offered after he was healed by Jesus (Matthew 8:3).
On the opposing wall Botticelli made his fresco with Scenes from the Life of Moses.
Gustave Doré 1832 – 1883
The Temptation by the Devil
engraving — 1865
Baptism and Temptation of Christ
Oil on canvas, 248 x 450 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan