Saints Michael and Francis

Juan de Flandes Netherlandish

Not on view

This panel was originally part of a large Spanish altarpiece. The artist has placed both figures in niches, but in contrast to the frontal, ascetic image of Saint Francis, who is neatly contained within the shallow space, Saint Michael extends beyond his niche. Stabbing the dragon at his feet, the archangel gazes earthward at the apocalyptic vision—a walled, smoking city—that is reflected in his decorative shield. This latter detail hints at Juan de Flandes’s Netherlandish origin. The introduction of a gold background and the broad painting technique, however, reveal his efforts to adapt his style to Spanish taste.

Saints Michael and Francis, Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active by 1496–died 1519 Palencia), Oil on wood, gold ground

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