This remarkable bronze with two patinas, a gold and a brown one, represents the Archangel Saint Michael. He is balancing on his left foot, dressed in an antique cuirass and armed with a sword in his raised right hand, ready to strike. The dynamism of this figure, its refinement as well as its extraordinary ornamental character, invite us to bring it closer to the baroque creations of the sculptor, silversmith and Neapolitan painter Lorenzo Vaccaro (1655 - 1706). He is at the origin of the work that undoubtedly served as a model for our bronzer: a Saint Michael slaying Lucifer, made between 1685 and 1700, now preserved at the Bode Museum in Berlin (inv 21/78) .
Thus, as on the Berlin bronze, our Saint Michael was formerly standing in equilibrium on the vanquished body of the demon, holding in his left hand a shield now missing.
Undoubtedly from the entourage of Vaccaro, our bronzer has made sure here to give his work the same preciousness as the one characterizing the productions of his master, playing in particular on the polychrome of bronze through the use of several patinas.