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Saint George and the Dragon
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Master of Guillebert de Mets
Flemish, probably Ghent, about 1450 - 1455
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.
MS. 2, FOL. 18V

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The illuminator playfully linked border and miniature in this image accompanying a prayer to Saint George. In the miniature, the mounted knight, Saint George, rescues a princess from a dragon. In the border, her parents, a pagan king and queen, watch from a castle tower on the sidelines, almost crowded off the page by enormous stalks of foliage. According to legend, the people of the kingdom converted to Christianity following their deliverance from the dragon's attacks.

The dramatic and exuberant acanthus border provides a fitting counterpart to the elegant miniature featuring the equestrian hero and the princess. The brightly colored sinuous foliage echoes Saint George's flowing, elaborately scalloped cape, further uniting the framed miniature and the border.

Detail Views

Dragon
Dragon

Banderole, right
Banderole, right

Princess
Princess

Banderole, left
Banderole, left

Woman in border
Woman in border