Happy #SaintGeorgesDay from us all at the National Gallery! Today, we're taking a closer look at some of the different dragons in our collection.
This painting by Paolo Uccello is one of the best known works in the National Gallery, and shows two episodes from the story of #SaintGeorge: his defeat of a dragon that had been terrorising a city; and the rescued princess bringing the dragon to heel (with her belt as a leash). The story is from a popular collection of saints' lives written in the 13th century, called 'The Golden Legend'. The story relates that Saint George was a knight from Cappadocia (in modern Turkey), who rescued a maiden from a dragon at Silene, in Libya.
In the sky of Uccello's painting, a storm is gathering. The eye of the storm lines up with Saint George's lance, suggesting that divine intervention has helped him to victory. Uccello uses the lance to emphasise the angle from which Saint George attacks the dragon, helping to establish a three-dimensional space.
Looking for more dragons in our collection this #SaintGeorgesDay? We'll be sharing them on Instagram all day. Keep an eye on our profile page for more.
Detail from Paolo Uccello, 'Saint George and the Dragon', about 1470 © The National Gallery, London.
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