Saint Michael and the Dragon (?)

European (Italy?)
Imitation of Gothic
19th–20th century


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

9.8 x 6.9 x 3.3 cm (3 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.600

Medium or Technique

Metal; gilded bronze; gold leaf and silvering on latten (95% copper, 2% tin, 1.1% zinc, 1.9% lead)

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Hollow-cast statuette of a three-quarter-length figure with attachments for wings in back emerging from the back of a dragon. Cast in one piece, chased, gold leafed and silver plated (silver on the face and gold leaf on the rest of the piece). The figure probably held in his raised right arm a lance that passed through the hole in the left forearm held across the chest. Wearing a tight-sleeved tunic and pallium that falls in tubular curved folds across the abdomen and in a zigzag fold from the arm, the figure has a square-shaped face and short bow-cut hair ending in a band of curls. The short-bodied dragon, its head turned to face the figure, has small ears, an open mouth with teeth visible, shallow curved hatchings indicating fur on the neck, tail, and legs, and a series of deeper vertical hatchings surrounding the opening in its back. The figure is poorly cast with several cast-on repairs.

Provenance

By 1957, M. Nicolas E. Landau, Paris; 1957, sold by Landau to the MFA for $1,330. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund