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Saint George

A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.




Benedetto Montagna
Italian, c. 1480-1556/58

About this artwork

Here Saint George is depicted after killing a dragon, the action for which he is best known; the princess he has rescued from the dragon kneels to the left, while a young squire stands next to his master’s horse. The figures occupy an open-air architectural space with a gateway and pinnacled walls. This is the second state of Benedetto Montagna’s engraving; the saint is shown in three-quarter profile, and the princess looks directly at the saint. Benedetto applied diagonal hatching and loose lines, suggesting an interest in the work of Girolamo Mocetto, while the use of heavy highlighting reflects an awareness of Albrecht Dürer’s technique.


On View, Gallery 204


Prints and Drawings


Benedetto Montagna


Saint George


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1506


Engraving in black on tan laid paper


22 × 17.5 cm (8 11/16 × 6 15/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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