RAFFAELLO SANZIO - St. George Fighting the Dragon, 1504-06, Oil on wood, 28.5 x 21.5 cm



 Raphael painted this when he was in his early twenties, the little praying princess is very Peruginesque. But there is a fire in the knight and his intelligent horse, and a nasty vigour in the convincing dragon that would always be beyond Perugino's skill. Even the horse's tail is electric, and the saint's mantle flies wide as he speeds to the kill.
 

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