Raphael's 1505 St. George and the Dragon is a small cabinet painting dating from the Renaissance Master’s Florentine period and, like his St Michael Vanquishing Satan bears the influences of contemporary artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Hieronymus Bosch. This exquisitely wrought masterpiece is a turbulent vision of innocence and heroism by the young painter Raphael. St. George and the Dragon was an important boost to his early career and marked the consolidation of his talent and ascent to the highest echelons of High Renaissance art. Currently housed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, the work was most likely commissioned by Raphael’s early patron, Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino to be presented to King Henry VII of England. Choosing the popular subject of St George, the patron saint of England, Raphael unifies late medieval English tastes for chivalry and 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.
Immediately after it was finished St George and the Dragon was sent to Henry VII in exchange for the prestigious knighthood of the Garter, and then appeared to disappear from view for a century before turning up as one of the centrepieces of King Charles I collection. After the latter’s execution during the English Civil Wars, parts of his collection went on sale, and Catherine the Great sent her philosopher Diderot to acquire the work for her burgeoning Hermitage collection in Russia. Surviving fire, iconoclasm and the Russian Revolution, this elegant reproduction of the legendary scene was revered as an icon of Western painting until it was sold by Stalin to Andrew Mellon, the American banker. This masterwork has had a history as turbulent and redemptive as that which it depicts, and remains one of the high water-marks of the Italian Renaissance.
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