Saint Michael and the Dragon As Virtue Overcoming Vice

Saint Michael and the Dragon As Virtue Overcoming Vice
Artist:
School of Reims (French)
Date:
late 13th/early 14th century
Medium:
Polychromed wood 
Dimensions:
36-1/2 x 20 in. (92.7 x 50.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1965.1.126.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

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.

Provenance:

Notre Dame Des Cordeliers, Laval, Mayenne, France, to;
Henry Goldman, New York, to;
[Duveen Brothers, Inc., New York, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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