Italian School: St. George And The Dragon with Two Angels and Demons
Oil on board.
33 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.
Note: Unlike what is referred to as the ‘concise’ composition, which shows only George and the dragon, this panel painting is referred to as a ‘detailed’ form. The detailed form usually includes the image of the princess, the village and spectators watching the event. In this version the saint is shown with angel wings in the manner of Saint Michael, and shown on his feet rather than on horseback which also indicates the figure of Michael rather than George. The most common representation of Saint Michael is as a knight in armor, armed with a spear and slaying a dragon figure that symbolizes Satan. Saint Michael is the supreme archangel and is the defender of the Church, having defeated Satan during the war of angles at the time of Revelation. So while the image here has been ascribed to Saint George, it is very likely that it is, in fact, Saint Michael slaying Satan rather than Saint George slaying the Dragon.
A long split lower center. Two gilded carved wood elements at top, repaired and re-glued. Losses, splits, soiling and abrasions. The Board reinforced and backed with wax. The edges with old glue, inpainting and losses.
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