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  • Icon: St George and the Dragon

    Technique:
    tempera on panel
    Dimensions:
    57,5x43 cm

Icon: St George and the Dragon

Russia, Late 15th - early 16th century

St George, famed slayer of the dragon, was one of the most respected saints in Old Russia. In this icon by a north Russian master, working in the late 15th or early 16th century, the holy warrior is shown astride his rearing white horse, thrusting his spear into the jaws of the dragon. The figures of horse and rider are large and barely fit into the area allocated to them. The fingers on George's right hand holding the spear, the hooves of the forelegs and the tail of the horse go beyond the field of the icon. All the space beneath the horse is occupied by the winged dragon. This abrreviated form of the scene derives from an iconographical type which also served a model for a masterpiece of 15th-century Novgorod art, the red-ground St George in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg. But this north Russian icon reveals none of the refinement and rich colour of the work by the Novgorod artist.

Title:

Icon: St George and the Dragon

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Technique:

tempera on panel

Dimensions:

57,5x43 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1959; handed over by the State Hermitage expedition to different parts of the Leningrad and Arkhangelsk Regions in 1959

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-443

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