San jorge y el dragon rubens

San jorge y el dragon rubens

Saint george and the dragon story

It was painted in Genoa (Saint George is the patron of this city) while Rubens was in Italy to complete his artistic training on behalf of his mentor at the time, Otto van Veen. Many scholars speculate the work was originally commissioned for the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, which was dedicated to Saint George. If so, the commissioner never received the masterpiece, due to the artist holding on to his work until he died in 1640, where Felipe IV procured the piece. It is now in the Museo del Prado of Madrid.[1]
In the painting the princess represents the church as a whole, and the lamb she is grasping represents the innocence and purity of the church, and Saint George and his steed symbolize the triumph of good over evil as the Saint George stares the beast down from literally “on high”. To reiterate, Saint George’s right foot prominently highlighted above the dragon signifies that the dragon (darkness, devil, evil) is in every way beneath Saint George and the light that envelops him and the princess. In opposition, the dragon’s form, which very much resembles a serpent, rather than the typical lizard, or dinosaur-like depiction of dragons, an allegory to the classic tale of Adam and Eve, where in Satan takes the form of a serpent.

saint george and the dragonpainting by raphael

Rubens aborda la leyenda del santo que salvó a una princesa de un dragón como una violenta explosión de energía concentrada en el jinete que se abalanza sobre la fiera. La exaltación del movimiento tiene su momento crucial en el caballo, representado de manera grandilocuente por el artista, pues estos animales son uno de los asuntos que más parecen entusiarmarle. La obra fue realizada en Italia, y en la figura de la princesa se aprecia el impacto que la escultura clásica supuso para Rubens, y en el caballo, la influencia de Leonardo da Vinci. El cuadro fue adquirido por el rey Felipe IV a los herederos de Rubens tras la muerte del pintor en 1640.

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It was painted in Genoa (Saint George is the patron of this city) while Rubens was in Italy to complete his artistic training on behalf of his mentor at the time, Otto van Veen. Many scholars speculate the work was originally commissioned for the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, which was dedicated to Saint George. If so, the commissioner never received the masterpiece, due to the artist holding on to his work until he died in 1640, where Felipe IV procured the piece. It is currently housed in the Museo del Prado of Madrid.
In the painting the princess represents the church as a whole, and the lamb she is grasping represents the innocence and purity of the church, and Saint George and his steed symbolize the triumph of good over evil as the Saint George stares the beast down from literally “on high”. To reiterate, Saint George’s right foot prominently highlighted above the dragon signifies that the dragon (darkness, devil, evil) is in every way beneath Saint George and the light that envelops him and the princess. In opposition, the dragon’s form, which very much resembles a serpent, rather than the typical lizard, or dinosaur-like depiction of dragons, an allegory to the classic tale of Adam and Eve, where in Satan takes the form of a serpent.

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English: The painting may have been commissioned for the Church of San Ambrogio in Genoa but remained in the artist´s possession until his death in 1640, when it was acquired for Felipe IV at his auction
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