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Saint Michael and the Dragon As Virtue Overcoming Vice, late 13th/early 14th century

School of Reims

Polychromed wood
36-1/2 x 20 in. (92.7 x 50.8 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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In addition to their roles as messengers and guardians, angels also punish wrongdoers. Originally armed with a shield and sword, the Archangel Michael is the celestial warrior who crushes the devil, depicted here in the form of a dragon. As a Christian conflict, the group refers to the battle between good and evil.

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