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Saint George and the Dragon

A work made of woodcut on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut on ivory laid paper.




Guiseppe Scolari
Italian, flourished 1550-1625

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Saint George and the Dragon is a story from The Golden Legend, a popular collection of tales about saints’ lives written in the 13th century. During his travels, Saint George came upon a land distressed by the presence of a dragon. Each day the dragon demanded the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden. With his sword, the saint overtook the dragon and killed it. As a religious parable, the dragon represents evil or paganism. Thick contours and vigorous contrasts between black and white, characteristics of the woodcut medium, emphasize the mood of anguish and distress.


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Giuseppe Scolari


Saint George and the Dragon


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Woodcut on ivory laid paper

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William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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