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Plaster cast - St George Slaying the Dragon
  • St George Slaying the Dragon
    Martin of Kolozsvás
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St George Slaying the Dragon

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Prague (sculpted)

  • Date:

    1373 (sculpted)
    ca. 1864 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martin of Kolozsvás (sculptor)
    George of Kolozsvás (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1864-113

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

St George on horseback slays the dragon with his lance on a rocky promontory. A bronze cast of a life size equestrian figure intended for a public space was unusual in the 14th century, and unique to Bohemia. The group originally surmounted a fountain in the courtyard of the royal palace of Prague. It was probably cast by the Hungarian artists Martin and George of Kolozsvás/Kluj, perhaps with the assistance of the German/Czech architect Peter Parléř (1330-1399). This plaster cast was acquired in 1864, a few years before the Cast Courts were opened, and demonstrates the Museum's desire to display copies of great monumental sculpture from across Europe.

Physical description

Plaster cast of a bronze by Martin and George of Kolozsvás, dated 1373 of St George Slaying the Dragon, formerly in a courtyard of the Hradschin Palace, Prague, now in the National Gallery, Prague

Place of Origin

Prague (sculpted)

Date

1373 (sculpted)
ca. 1864 (cast)

Artist/maker

Martin of Kolozsvás (sculptor)
George of Kolozsvás (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 190.5 cm, Length: 20.8 cm

Object history note

Acquired in 1864, further details of acquisition are unrecorded

Historical context note

The fountain spout is a later addition

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of a bronze by Martin and George of Kolozsvás, dated 1373 of St George Slaying the Dragon, formerly in a courtyard of the Hradschin Palace, Prague, now in the National Gallery, Prague, cast ca. 1864.

Production Note

Bohemian

Subjects depicted

Dragons

Categories

Architecture; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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