Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. George and the dragon

Description of Illustration: Saint George, queen, dragon, satan, geometric design stained glass, horse, knight, halo 

The episode Saint George and the Dragon appended to the hagiography of Saint George was Eastern in origin, brought back with the Crusaders and retold with the courtly appurtenances belonging to the genre of Romance. The earliest known depictions of the motif are from 10th- or 11th-century Cappadocia and 11th-century Georgia; While the veneration of Saint George as a soldier saint goes back to the 7th century at least, the earliest known surviving narrative of the dragon episode is an 11th-century Georgian text. Read more...

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