“Saints Michael and Francis,” Juan Flandes – overview of the painting

“Saints Michael and Francis,” Juan Flandes – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Juan Flandes
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1505-1509

Overview of the painting :

Saints Michael and Francis – Juan Flandes. 1505-1509. Wood, butter. 93.7 x 87 cm

   Part of the altar of the brush of Juan Flandes depicts two famous Christian heroes – Michael, who amazes Satan with a sharp long spear in the image of a dragon snake, and St. Francis of Assisi, who extended his palms to the audience, showing stigma, signs of the highest spirituality and righteousness.

   The author places two images in written niches, however, the figure of the archangel goes beyond the space reserved for the hero. In general, the image of Michael is distinguished by sophistication and filigree. Here is tenderness, and psychology, and the portrait appearance, which was very revolutionary for the time in which the Spanish painter worked.

   The artist’s special photosensitivity is noteworthy – the master skillfully highlights individual parts of the picture (Michael’s clothes, wings, faces), thus placing semantic accents.

   Another curious detail – Flandes first showed the public a landscape reflected in a concave mirror. Just look at the reflection in the shield. This almost imperceptible element, meanwhile, dilutes and revitalizes the canonical plot. Flandes shows us a small piece of the beautiful world with a blue sky and a rich landscape that was saved from the devil by the efforts of the archangel Michael.