Saint Michael and the Dragon

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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.)

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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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