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Saint Michael and the Dragon
Master of Sir John Fastolf (French, active before about 1420 - about 1450)
French or English
France or England (Place created)
about 1430 - 1440
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 12.1 x 9.2 cm (4 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.)
In this dynamic scene, the archangel Saint Michael tramples a black, winged beast and spears it with a lance. In the Book of Revelation, Michael is described as leading a battle in heaven against the devil, represented here by the defeated dragon. This popular military saint, shown dressed in armor, was widely revered in the Middle Ages as the weigher of souls at the Last Judgment and for his power to rescue individuals from hell.
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