- Saint George Slaying the Dragon, 1470
This vertical tempera on panel depicts Saint George on a horse killing a dragon. The sky is painted with gold leaf that is flaking to reveal orange underneath. Below the sky, in the background on our left, there is a large brown castle on a cliff. Below the castle there is a blond, light-skinned woman kneeling and praying on a ledge of the cliff. She is wearing a blue dress with pink sleeves. On our right there is a pathway into a green forest. In the center of the scene is a light-skinned Saint George, his long sword held in both his hands above his head, hanging to our right. There is a halo around his pale yellow, wavy hair, and is wearing a gold headband with a red jewel in the center. The headband has a black feather that is placed upright behind the jewel. He is wearing ornate armor, that is gray over a red shirt and skirt. His arms and legs are covered in a brown armor, and his left elbow has a gold sun attached to it. Saint George is facing our left, looking down from his horse at the dragon on our left. His mouth is slightly open. His white horse is wearing a red and gold harness, and has his two front legs raised towards you. His head is turned towards our right, his mouth open against his gold bridle. To our left, below Saint George and his horse, is the dragon, its mouth open and its wings outstretched. You can see its pink tongue flicking out from its mouth. The dragon is blue with a white belly. Its neck has been pierced through with a red and white striped spear, blood spurting from the wound. The handle of the spear rests behind the dragon on the pale brown ground.
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.