Thursday, May 05, 2011

There be Dragons ?

Albrecht Dürer [21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528]
The Revelation of St John: 11. St Michael Fighting the Dragon
Woodcut, 392 x 283 mm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven" (Revelations. 12:7).

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino [April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520]
Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1506
Oil on panel
overall: 28.5 x 21.5 cm (11 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.) framed: 53.3 x 47.6 x 8.3 cm (21 x 18 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
The National Gallery of Art, Washinngton DC

Maso di Bianco [active 1320-50]
Pope St Sylvester's Miracle
Defeating the dragon; Resurrecting the Magi
c 1340
Fresco, width 534 cm
Cappella di Bardi di Vernio, Santa Croce, Florence

St Martha of Bethany exercising the Tarasque Dragon in front of the Castle
c. 1775 -1825
Oil on canvas
74 cm x 62.5 cm
Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, Paris

Late Master of the Pr‚-Eykian Realism (illuminator); c. 1420-1440
St. Catherine of Alexandria holding a sword, a wheel at her feet, and St. Margaret of Antioch with the dragon, holding a cross-staffFrom Prière aux trois Maries Book of Hours (Latin use)
144 x 115 mm
The Hague, KB, 133 D 14 fol. 13v
Koninklijke Bibliotheek National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague

William Blake 1757 - 1827
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, c. 1805
Pen and ink with watercolour over graphite
Overall: 40.8 x 33.7 cm (16 1/16 x 13 1/4 in.) support: 55.2 x 44.2 cm (21 3/4 x 17 3/8 in.)
The National Gallery of Art, Washinngton DC

John sees a woman clothed with the sun, the moon, and the stars. (Revelation 12:1-6)