St Margaret and the Dragon (Raphael)

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Saint Margaret
Saint Margaret Slaying the Dragon
Raffaello Santi gen. Raffael, , Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie - Hl. Margarete - GG 171 - Kunsthistorisches Museum.jpg
ArtistRaphael Edit this on Wikidata
Year1518
Dimensions192 cm (76 in) × 122 cm (48 in)
LocationKunsthistorisches Museum

Saint Margaret and the Dragon is a circa 1518 painting of Saint Margaret by the Renaissance painter Raphael, now held in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.[1]

The painting shows the saint at the moment before she is swallowed alive by the dragon. She is shown unafraid, holding the crucifix that will save her once she is swallowed. Another version showing her holding a palm branch is in the collection of the Louvre.

This painting was documented in David Teniers the Younger's catalog Theatrum Pictorium of the art collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in 1659 and again in 1673,[2] but the portrait had already enjoyed notoriety in Teniers' portrayals of the Archduke's art collection:

References[edit]

  1. ^ GG_171 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine in the museum collection
  2. ^ 2 in Theatrum Pictorium, 1673
  • record on museum website
  • 2 in the catalog Theatrum Pictorium