Saint George And The Dragon

Italian


Saint George and the Dragon, 15th century

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Egg tempera on panel

Dimensions: 36 7/8 × 20 1/4 in. (93.7 × 51.4 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Field, 1944.1

The story of Saint George and the Dragon comes from The Golden Legend, a very popular medieval book that chronicled the lives of the saints. According to the legend, a ferocious poison-breathing dragon was terrorizing a town in modern-day Libya. In order to keep the dragon at bay, the citizens of the town began sacrificing their children to it. Saint George, a tribune of the Roman army, happened to be passing through the town when it came time for the king’s daughter to be sacrificed. He rode up and pierced the dragon with his lance, saving the princess and the town. However, he waited to kill the beast until all of the citizens agreed to be baptized as Christians.

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