It doesn’t get much more Baroque than this… Saint George

It doesn’t get much more Baroque than this… Saint George

8/2/2021, 11:30:17 AM
It doesn’t get much more Baroque than this… Saint George and the Dragon (1605-1607) was painted by the Belgian artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). It is a wild scene of a legend from around the year 300 AD. But it is also an allegorical work. The princess on the left is holding a leg of a lamb. She was about to be offered to the fearsome dragon (as there were not enough sheep anymore to offer to him), but then Saint George arrived on his steed to slay the dragon. St. George represents the triumph of good over evil, which is why he is positioned above the dragon. The dragon looks more like a serpent than the image most of us have in mind when thinking of a dragon. He is depicted upside down after St. George has struck him with a lance. And now, St. George is about to finish him off with his sword. The painting is painted in typical Baroque style, chaotic and full of strong contrasts. Rubens painted it when he was still in training in Italy, a couple of years before he moved back to Belgium to set up a large studio and become the most successful painter of his generation. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #StGeorge #Dragon #Saint #Rubens #PeterPaulRubens #BelgianArt #BelgianArtist #BelgianPainter #BaroqueArt #Baroque

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