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Saint George in Armor

A work made of tint lithograph on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of tint lithograph on cream wove paper.




Ferdinand Piloty (German, 1785-1844)
after Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472-1553)

About this artwork

The German Romantic artist Ferdinand Piloty looked to Lucas Cranach’s 16th-century woodcut of the full-length Saint George as inspiration for this lithograph. He did not copy the saint directly, showing him reversed, at three-quarter length, and in a shallower space. Yet the halo effect of the lighting, George’s glorious hair, and the implied glint of the intricate armor leave little doubt as to the holy nature of the knight’s errand. Piloty and his colleagues Johann Strixner and Alois Senefelder dramatically fueled the German Romantic enthusiasm for the artistic past, through the creation both of exacting reproductions and nostalgic new works.


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Ferdinand Piloty


Saint George in Armor


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1805–1844


Tint lithograph on cream wove paper


Image: 49.5 × 33.3 cm (19 1/2 × 13 1/8 in.); Sheet: 51.7 × 35.8 cm (20 3/8 × 14 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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