- Museum number
- Object: The Miracle of St George and the Dragon
Icon; painted; St George, wearing a cuirass and mantle, rides to right on a white horse against a light yellow background in a rocky landscape which is depicted in three colours. In his right hand he holds a spear which he plunges into the maw of a recumbent dragon; the black cave from which the dragon has just emerged is shown in the bottom left hand corner. In the upper right corner is a segment of heaven, depicted in blue, from which emerges Christ's hand in a gesture of benediction.
Inscriptions: in obscured Church Slavonic above the Saint's halo: СТ ГЕР (St Ge[o]r[ge]); in Greek in the upper right corner: ΙC ΧC (Jesus Christ).
Egg tempera, gesso on wood.
- Production date
Height: 655 millimetres
Weight: 4400 grammes
Width: 490 millimetres
Depth: 60 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the iconography see cat. no. 1. Stylistically and technically the icon is similar to an early 16th-century icon in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg (Likhachov, Laurina and Pushkariov 1980, 320, no. 176 and pl. 176).
Cormack 2007, 92, 97, fig. 57 and 133, no. 82.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 15 Sep-10 Jan, USA, Norfolk, Chrysler Museum of Art, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian icons 1200 to 1900.
2015 30 Apr- 22 Aug, USA, Clinton, Museum of Russian Icons, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian Icons 1200 to 1900.
2012 Jan-Apr, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fantastic Creatures.
2011 Jun-Sept, South Korea, Ulsan Museum, Fantastic Creatures.
- Made from two panels of lime with a deep ‘kovcheg’; originally joined on the back by two horizontal battens, both of which are now missing. There are losses of gesso on the lower border and along the edges. The gesso is aged with a regular network of craquelure. There are several areas of restoration: on the saint’s head, most of the reddish mountain, the dragon under the horse, the neck of the horse, the fingers of the saint’s hands, scattered spots on the background, the red mantle and some of the lines of the outline drawing.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: St George and the dragon
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 84 (Icon Collection number)