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Carlo Crivelli - Saint George Slaying the Dragon, 1470

Carlo Crivelli (Venice, about 1430-1435 - before 1495, Ascoli Piceno)

Saint George Slaying the Dragon, 1470

Gold, silver and tempera on panel , 93.9 x 48.5 cm (36 15/16 x 19 1/8 in.)


Crivelli compressed the story of Saint George—who saved a city and its princess from the marauding dragon—into a single, dynamic moment. Run through with a lance, the monster roars in agony, frightening this saint's steed. The horse rears up and shies away, eyes wide with fear.  In a feat of remarkable horsemanship, George stands, drops the reins and draws his sword to deliver the death blow. A rare subject for the side panel of an altarpiece, this image constituted the right side of the Porto San Giorgio polyptych.