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St. George slaying the dragon

This exquisitely wrought fantasy is a turbulent vision of innocence and heroism by the German Mannerist painter Hans Von Aachen. St. George Slaying the Dragon is a characteristic work of myth, drama, and tension. Choosing the popular subject of St George, the patron saint of England, Von Aachen unifies a contemporary nostalgia for medieval chivalry with the bombastic violence of the Christian Crusades. This imagined reproduction of the final slaying of the dragon is a world-view encapsulated in oil paint. Von Aachen, renowned for his elaboration on the popular Mannerist style of the sixteenth century left his homeland, like many artists of his day, for Italy. Living in both Rome and Florence and becoming intimately acquainted with the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Von Aachen began to make a name for himself as a painter of reproductions of psychological situations and history genre pictures. Moving to Prague in the late sixteenth-century, Von Aachen painted a prodigious amount and his work of the time reflects an urge towards sensuality – smooth, rounded forms, strictly choreographed poses, and classical symbols strewn anachronistically around the frame.

Forging a unique style that would greatly influence German painting in the following centuries, Von Aachen's St. George Slaying the Dragon is typical of his ability to suffuse his canvases with a wildly divergent array of formal and technical influences. With elements of Florentine Mannerism, Dutch realism and the charismatic color palette of the Venetian school, Von Aachen was integral in promoting that distinctly Mannerist essence of emotional intensity over classical balance. Often forging complex and imagined reproductions of historical scenes St. George Slaying the Dragon is a somewhat more straightforward articulation of his craft. The discordant shades, elongated proportions, and exaggerated figures demonstrates a playfulness rare in sixteenth-century painting.

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St. George slaying the dragon Hans Von Aachen

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