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Saint George and the Dragon - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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WW019. Saint George and the Dragon

Russian
17th century
31.3 x 25.8 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£8,000Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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One of the most popular iconographies, this icon portrays the legend of the warrior Saint George who saved Elisaba, the daughter of the pagan King of Selena in Libya. She had been chosen by lot as the ransom demanded by the dragon that was blocking the town’s water supply. Saint George is dressed in armour and mounted on a charger. With a steadfast movement he thrusts his spear through the mouth of the Dragon. A crown hovers above the saint's head. In the top-left corner Christ blesses George from a supernal opening. On the right we see Elisaba who, after taming the Dragon, led him peacefully through the city streets. Above Elisaba we see her parents, the King and Queen, looking out from the windows of the royal palace.

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