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.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of St. George slaying the dragon, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of St. George slaying the dragon that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.