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Icon of St George slaying the Dragon

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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St George was revered as a military martyr whose cult was based at Lydda. The legend of his triumph over the dragon probably dates to the twelfth century. The small figure behind the saint represents a Christian slave whom the saint rescued. The saint, his armour and horse stylistically resemble comparable features of fifteenth and sixteenth-century icons at Mount Sinai and on Cyprus.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Oxford

Title

Icon of St George slaying the Dragon

Date

15th C–16th C

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 42 x W 31.8 cm

Accession number

WA1908.204

Acquisition method

Acquired pre 1908

Work type

Painting

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