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Relief. Saint George Altarpiece. 13 x 16 cm.

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Reproduction of a medieval relief of Saint George, made in moulded marble (resin + marble dust), on gilded wood. Ageing patinas.

Reproductions inspired by medieval art.

Total measurements with frame: Width: 13 cm. Height: 16 cm.

Measurements of the unframed piece: Width: 10 cm. Height: 13 cm.

Depth: 1.5 cm.

Recreation of a medieval relief of Saint George fighting the dragon.

In the 9th century a popular story appears: St. George defeating a dragon. This story, which is part of the Golden Legend (a collection of the lives of Christian saints), is the probable origin of all fairy tales about princesses and dragons in the West. It should be noted that the legend is told in various parts of Europe and Asia Minor as its own (and even in Japan, where George can be equated with the thunder god Susano-oh, the princess with the maiden Kushinada and the dragon with Yamata-no-Orochi), so the details vary according to local tradition.

It begins with a dragon making a nest in the fountain that supplies water to a town. As a result, the citizens had to move the dragon away from the fountain every day to get water. So they offered a daily human sacrifice that was decided randomly among the inhabitants. One day the local princess was selected. In some stories the king, her father, appears, pleading for his daughter’s life, but to no avail. When she was about to be devoured by the dragon, George appeared on one of his journeys (often on horseback), confronted the dragon, killed it and saved the princess. The grateful citizens abandon paganism and embrace Christianity.


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