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Saint Michael

Artist:
Master of Belmonte (Spanish, Aragon, active ca. 1460–90)
Date:
1450–1500
Culture:
North Spanish
Medium:
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 85 1/2 x 47 in. (217.2 x 119.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings-Panels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
55.120.2
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20
Armed with a coat of mail, dagger, shield, and lance, the archangel Michael symbolizes the triumph over evil. The demon at his feet is the Antichrist, cast out of heaven. The youthful beauty and sumptuous raiment of Saint Michael in the rich courtly setting combine with the image of the demon to form a stark visual contrast between the strength and splendor of the Church and the monstrousness of evil defeated.
From the high altar of the parish church of San Miguel, Belmonte ; [ Sebastian and Carlos Juñer, Barcelona (sold 1955)]
Baetjer, Katharine. European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born in or before 1865: A summary catalogue. Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. p. 195.

Baetjer, Katharine. European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born in or before 1865: A summary catalogue. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. p. 117.

Baetjer, Katharine. European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born in or before 1895: A summary catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. p. 150.



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