Saint Michael and the Dragon

Spanish (Valencian) Painter Spanish

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This work was painted in Italy by an unknown artist whose style is indebted to the richness and refinement of Valencian art at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Saint Michael wears a brightly colored brigandine embellished with gold foliate decoration and wields a great sword with almost balletic grace against the seven-headed dragon of the Apocalypse. The idealized beauty of the youthful archangel contrasts with the monstrous, bat-winged creature sprawled at his feet. Their violent and timeless struggle is staged against a finely inscribed gold ground that emphasizes the celestial setting of the battle.

Saint Michael and the Dragon, Spanish (Valencian) Painter (active in Italy, early 15th century), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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