The Glory of Saint George Man, Dragon, and Death Laurent Busine, Manfred Sellink

Publication date:
26 Nov 2015
288 pages: 279 x 229mm
250 color illus.
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This book offers the first-ever survey of artistic depictions of the legend of Saint George defeating the dragon. The earliest existing references to this episode in the hagiography of Saint George date from the 11th century, and the mythical conflict has entertained the imaginations of artists ever since. Copiously illustrated, this book includes varied representations in painting, sculpture, engraving, and more by artists from Raphael and Peter Paul Rubens to Odilon Redon and Andy Warhol. In addition, the artists David Claerbout, Giuseppe Penone, Luc Tuymans, and Angel Vergara Santiago have been invited to contribute their own interpretations of the story, and these new works are also featured. The contemporary perspective is further explored in the book through essays that trace the shifting resonance of the allegory, positing that it has evolved to become symbolic of man’s internal struggle as he attempts to fulfill his destiny.

Laurent Busine is the director of the Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu, Belgium. Manfred Sellink is director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Antwerp.