St. George Killing the Dragon Art
: Bernat Martorell : (1434 - 1435)
Perhaps my favorite piece in the whole museum is the absolutely stunning; St. George Killing the Dragon by Bernat Martorell. Just amazing, and almost 3 dimensional due to some unusual painting techniques.
Hey, it’s violent, just like TV. But also beautiful, and with a real story behind the violence. So, not like TV.
Type: Tempera on panel
DImensions: 155.6 x 98.1 cm (61 1/4 x 38 5/8 in.)
On display at The Art Institute of Chicago
SummaryIn the second quarter of the 15th century, Bernat Martorell was the leading painter of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in northeastern Spain. Saint George was the patron saint of Catalonia, and Martorell’s vivid painting probably once formed the center of the altarpiece of the chapel of the Catalan government in its palace in Barcelona. The central image would have been flanked by smaller narrative panels, now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris; they illustrate the martyrdom of the saint in gruesome detail.