The Archangel Michael Piercing the Dragon

The Archangel Michael Piercing the Dragon

c. 1475

Martin Schongauer

(German, c.1450-1491)

Engraving

Mat Size: 49 x 36.3 cm (19 5/16 x 14 5/16 in.); Platemark: 16.2 x 11.5 cm (6 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1952.99

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.273.63

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Description

This engraving depicts the archangel Michael energetically piercing the mouth of a particularly hideous demon with his lance. A fallen angel from the war in heaven, the demon is now helpless and defeated on the ground. As he cuts down the writhing demon snarling at his feet, the saint bears a serene expression and elegant pose. This potent symbol of good triumphing over evil was much repeated in medieval art.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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