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St margaret and the dragon - St Margaret

St Margaret

  • Object:

    St margaret and the dragon

  • Place of origin:

    Troyes (made)

  • Date:

    1530-1540 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Limestone, carved

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, case FS

The statue came originally from the parish church of St Germain, near Troyes. Its a typical example of the best sculpture executed in Troyes during the early sixteenth century. St Margaret is shown with her symbol of the dragon. Pregnant women called upon her to protect them in childbirth because of her miraculous escape from the belly of a dragon.

Physical description

The saints stands, her hands clasped before her in prayer. Between her feet facing to the left uis a winged dragon which bites at her robe.Notable are the finely cut flower bandeau binding the hair which falls in waving curls over her shoulder.

Place of Origin

Troyes (made)


1530-1540 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Limestone, carved


Height: 113 cm, Width: 46.8 cm, Depth: 33 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs. Wippel & Co. Ltd.

Historical significance: The statue, which was originally painted and gilded, is a typical example of the best sculpture executed in Troyes during the early sixteenth century. The attention of detail in the rendering of garments and ornament and the roundet type of face with almond-shaped eyes are characteristic.

Historical context note

From the church of St Germain, near Troyes.

Descriptive line

St margaret and the dragon; Stone French 16th cent

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

Sculpture from Troyes in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 1974.
Cf. Koechlin, R. La sculpture à Troyes et dans la Champagne méridionale au seizième siècle : étude sur la transition de l'art gothique à l'italianisme. Paris, 1900. figs. 67, 68.
Cf. Le Musée de Cluny: la pierre, le marbre l'albâtre, la terre cuit. Paris, 1895. no. 705.
Cf. Aubert, M. Description raisonnée des sculptures du Moyen-âge, de la Renaissance, et des temps modernes. 1, Moyen-âge / Musée national du Louvre. Paris, 1950. vol I. no. 390. p. 273.








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