St. George and the Dragon (1504) by Albrecht Durer

St. George and the Dragon - Albrecht Durer - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleSt. George and the Dragon
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About St. George and the Dragon

“St. George and the Dragon” is a religious painting by the artist Albrecht Dürer completed in 1504. This artwork is a representation of the popular legend of Saint George slaying a dragon and is part of the Northern Renaissance art movement.

The image illustrates the climactic moment when St. George, mounted on a horse, battles the dragon. The saint is depicted in armor with a feathered cap, brandishing a lance directed at the fearsome dragon beneath him, which has been struck down to the ground. The horse rears above the dragon, adding dynamic movement to the scene. Intricate details are visible in the engraving, depicting the textures of the dragon’s scales, the horse’s musculature, and the foliage in the background, demonstrating Dürer’s skill in this medium. The composition focuses on the confrontation between good, symbolized by St. George, and evil, represented by the dragon. Dürer’s monogram, a distinctive “AD,” can be seen at the bottom right of the composition, acting as his signature.

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