- ca. 1530
- Made in Castile-León, Spain
- Wood, paint, and gilding
- Overall: 73 1/2 in., 235lb. (186.7 cm, 106.6kg)
- Credit Line:
- The Cloisters Collection, 1953
- Accession Number:
The warrior-archangel Michael, clad in intricately carved and painted armor, treads on a dragon, a symbol of the devil. In his left hand, he carried scales, symbolic of the Last Judgment, to which he summoned earthly souls. Michael’s right hand once held a lance, and his wings have been lost. The forward-bending pose and foreshortening indicate that the figure was made to be positioned at a considerable height, perhaps above or flanking the central shrine of a large retable.