Aragonese school, ca. 1460-1480
Tempera on wood
Our work is a scene of Saint Michael and the other archangels fighting the demons. Michael himself is depicted in armour and carrying a spear, with his wings wide spread. The other archangels have various weapons: a sword, a bow. Two of them hold shields with the cross of St. George, red on white. Crusaders also wore this cross on their shields, and its use here may refer to the glorification of the crusades. St George is also the patron saint of Aragon, where this work was created. A distinctive feature of the Aragonese school of painting is the brightness of the colours and their contrast, which can also be seen in this work.
Former Henry Verne collection (1918-2021)
Brussels (Bob Morane)