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St George and the Dragon

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1475-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Enzola, Giovanni Francisco da Parma (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    7423-1861

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR17

Plaquettes are small plaques made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440s with the desire to reproduce coins and hardstone engravings from ancient Greece and Rome. Some were made as collector’s pieces, to be viewed and displayed in private, and others for practical purposes. They also inspired designs in other media, from architecture to bookbindings.

Physical description

Plaquette depicts: St. George in full armour, plumed helmet, and floating mantle, gallops to the right spearing the dragon; in the background the Princess Sabra watches from a rock on the right.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1475-1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Enzola, Giovanni Francisco da Parma (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.8 cm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, probably by Giovanni Francesco Enzola, Italy, ca. 1475-1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 24
Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Reliefs - Plaquettes - Statuettes - Utensils and Mortars . London: 1965, p. 24, fig 69.
See for an oval variant
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p.46

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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