St. Michael’s fight against the dragon (1498) by Albrecht Durer

St. Michael's fight against the dragon - Albrecht Durer - 1497 - 1498

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TitleSt. Michael's fight against the dragon
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1497 - 1498
Dimensions39.2 x 28.3 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About St. Michael's fight against the dragon

The artwork titled “St. Michael’s fight against the dragon” was created by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer between 1497 and 1498. This work is a woodcut, a testament to Dürer’s mastery of the medium, during the Northern Renaissance period. With dimensions of 39.2 x 28.3 cm, this religious painting is part of Dürer’s “Apocalypse” series, which interprets themes from the Book of Revelation.

In the artwork, we observe a dynamic scene filled with intense activity and divine retribution. St. Michael, traditionally depicted as an archangel, is engaged in fierce combat with the dragon, a common symbol of the Devil. He is armed with a spear, wielding it with purpose, signifying the struggle between good and evil. Amidst the flurry of angelic figures clad in armour, they support St. Michael in his righteous battle.

The dragon is portrayed with multiple grotesque heads, each emanating a sense of malice and chaos, attempting to counter the divine forces. Below this celestial battleground, a serene landscape unfolds, providing a sharp contrast to the turmoil above. A town by a body of water, complete with buildings and trees, lies peacefully, oblivious to the cosmic conflict hovering in the skies. The intricate lines and detailed work in the woodcut emphasize the dramatic intensity of the scene and showcase Dürer’s formidable skill as an artist.

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