Description of the painting “St. George and the Dragon”, Rubens
- Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1606-1610
Description of the picture :
St. George and the Dragon – Peter Paul Rubens. 1606-1610. Oil on canvas, 304×256
The painting “St. George and the Dragon” is one of Rubens’ most striking works embodying a religious plot. A canvas was written when the artist was 29 years old.
There are two stable traditions of the image of George the Victorious – eastern and western. Eastern canons provide for a more spiritual perception of the plot – a young man, as a rule, thin, young, beardless, he pierces the fine enemy with a thin spear. Such an interpretation is just a visual reminder of the famous biblical plot.
The canvas presented is a vivid example of Western traditions – a realistic plot, actually tangible heroes, vivid emotions and unique dynamics.
Rubens “revived” St. George. The viewer sees a muscular man on a sighing mighty horse who brought his hand high to defeat the dragon snake on the spot. As always, the painter saturated his picture with drama, in which he saw the greatest power that could affect the religious feelings of people.
Almost the entire space of the picture is occupied by a rider in heavy armor and a horse. The courageous calm face of George, his confident gesture is Rubens’ praise for the image of an ideal man, defender, hero. At the same time, the horse is in no way inferior to the hero, both of them are swiftness, strength, impulse.
Bright saturated colors, the contrasts of the dark and light endow the work with energy, which is inherent in all its paintings with a dynamic plot. His passionate admirer Eugene Delacroix once noted that if we compare the work of Rubens and Veronese or Titian, the latter will seem “terribly quiet”.