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Tango0115 Feb 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

"Lancing point-first from horseback is the hardest way to hit a dragon. By the Renaissance—with its humanism—St George had graduated to a sword and was taking slashing blows at it. But Bernat Martorell, painting his George in the International Gothic style of the mid-15th century, was still holding to the Medieval ideal—the one in all the best paintings: take the creature at spearpoint.

You can see the reason—keeping the dragon very far away. It was said to have plague. If you like metaphors, you might say it was the plague. St George's dragon specifically is always curiously small and at the bottom of the painting. This seems to be an allegory of poisonousness—it is not a great beast that rips your head off but a thing low and insidious, that nevertheless is dangerous enough to require a sheep a day and that—when you are out of sheep—will take your virgins. Also: harder to hit.

Regardless of the numerous delusions and myths involved, there is a kind of real success here: for humans, for art…"


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Twilight Samurai15 Feb 2021 11:53 p.m. PST

Catchy name for a blog.
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Anyone do something like that in miniatures?

42flanker16 Feb 2021 6:55 a.m. PST

You call that small?

Meet a croc', a 'gator or a Komodo monitor that size in the bush and you would be cacking your housseaux.

Tango0116 Feb 2021 12:07 p.m. PST



Legionarius17 Feb 2021 7:52 a.m. PST

Beautiful painting indeed. Also, it shows an interesting style of blackened armor worn by a Knight of Santiago in the mid-fifteenth century.

Tango0118 Feb 2021 12:30 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!


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