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Saint Michael and the Dragon
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Saint Michael and the Dragon

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Description The archangel Michael was widely honored as a saint, in which role he is sometimes shown without his customary wings. Wearing the armor of a 15th-century knight, he is represented as defender of the Church against the devil, here symbolized by the dragon. Saint George is also depicted as a knight slaying a dragon, but only Michael wears a diadem. In this lithe and beautifully detailed figure, we see a late reflection of the International Gothic style. The sword is a later replacement. The halo shown in the on-line image is a later addition and has been removed.
Date Description Narrative
8/05/1985Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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ca. 1480-1490 (Late Medieval)
wood (oak)
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H: 45 1/4 x W: 16 3/16 x D: 10 5/8 in. (114.9 x 41.1 x 27 cm)
  • Spain (Place of Origin)
  • Netherlands (Place of Origin)


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