Jun 20, 2006

St. George Killing the Dragon

St. George Killing the Dragon


Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Sheet: 21.1 x 14.3 cm (8 5/16 x 5 5/8 in.); Mat Size: 48.9 x 36.3 cm (19 1/4 x 14 5/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1922.248

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 225



Saint George’s legend was widespread throughout the Middle Ages. Warrior saints were particularly popular among the knightly class. Here Saint George is depicted as the consummate knight clad in gleaming plate armor as he slays the dragon, a symbol of evil. Such saints are frequently represented demonstrating their martial prowess by killing dragons or demons. For audiences familiar with the chivalric entertainments of their time, stories like those of Saint George held special appeal in representing the triumph of good over evil.

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