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Archangel Michael Slaying the Dragon
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Archangel Michael Slaying the Dragon


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Description His wings outstretched and his cloak fluttering behind him, St. Michael plunges his spear into the dragon's jaws. The archangel's position on the body of the dragon symbolizes the victory of good over evil, which is further emphasized by the contrast between the sweeping wing of the archangel and the immobilized wing of the dragon. By extending Michael's wing beyond the punched border decoration, the painter makes the archangel seem to expand into the picture field in front of the gold background. For more information on this painting, please see Zeri catalogue number 12, pp. 21-22.
Exhibitions
  • The Reunification of an Early Italian Tryptych. Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery, Greenville. 2008.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 14; 1897 catalogue: no. 18 as school of Giotto]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
1380-1389 (Medieval)
Medium
tempera and gold leaf on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.705
Measurements
Painted surface H: 15 1/16 x W: 12 3/4 x D: 13/16 in. (38.2 x 32.4 x 2 cm)
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