Saint Margaret

Workshop of Michael Pacher Austrian or German

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According to legend, St. Margaret was imprisoned for refusing to marry the governor of Antioch. Satan appeared to her in the form of a dragon and swallowed her as she clutched a cross in prayer; she then ripped open his belly with the cross and emerged unscathed. The statue may have held a cross in one of her now-missing hands; the vanquished dragon lies at her feet. This massive figure probably came from the central shrine of a large polychromed altarpiece.

Saint Margaret, Workshop of Michael Pacher (Austrian or German, active by 1462/3–died 1498), Pine with metal appliqués, traces of gesso and paint, Austrian

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