St Michael

Statuette
1510-1520 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

St Michael was the patron saint of Brussels. Here he is shown trampling on a dog-like dragon. He is seizing its tail with his left hand and raising his right hand to strike the dragon with a sword, now missing. The saint is dressed in a cloak with tasselled edges over a long belted robe. He is also wearing a maniple. This is a strip of fabric worn by a priest on his left arm during Holy Communion.
The base forms part of the statuette which the sculptor has carved in the round. It has lost all traces of paint.
Statuettes of St Michael would have been found everywhere in Brussels, both in the home and in private and guild chapels. People would have used them to help them pray and as protection from evil, temptation and sin.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved oak
Brief Description
Statuette, St Michael, carved oak, Brussels, ca. 1510-1520
Physical Description
The seemingly weightless St Michael tramples on a dog-like dragon, seizing its tail with his left hand and raising his right hand to strike the dragon with a sword. He is dressed in a voluminous cloak with tasselled edges over a long belted robe.
Dimensions
  • Height: 38.5cm
Credit line
Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA
Object history
Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., in 1951.
Historical context
Statuettes of St Michael would have been found everywhere in Brussels, both in the home and in private and guild chapels. People would have used them to help them pray and as protection from evil, temptation and sin.
Subjects depicted
Summary
St Michael was the patron saint of Brussels. Here he is shown trampling on a dog-like dragon. He is seizing its tail with his left hand and raising his right hand to strike the dragon with a sword, now missing. The saint is dressed in a cloak with tasselled edges over a long belted robe. He is also wearing a maniple. This is a strip of fabric worn by a priest on his left arm during Holy Communion.

The base forms part of the statuette which the sculptor has carved in the round. It has lost all traces of paint.

Statuettes of St Michael would have been found everywhere in Brussels, both in the home and in private and guild chapels. People would have used them to help them pray and as protection from evil, temptation and sin.
Bibliographic Reference
Williamson, Paul, Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, pp. 134-5, ill., cat. no. 42
Collection
Accession Number
A.10-1951

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record createdDecember 11, 2002
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