Rogier van der Weyden, ‘Saint George and the Dragon’, ca. 1432/1435, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Saint George and the Dragon, ca. 1432/1435

Oil on panel
6 × 4 5/8 in
15.2 × 11.7 cm
Permanent collection
About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington

Painted surface: 14.3 x 10.5 cm (5 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.) overall (panel): 15.2 x 11.8 cm (6 x 4 5/8 …

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Rogier van der Weyden
Flemish, ca. 1399–1464
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The early facts of Rogier van der Weyden’s life are unknown, but he entered the atelier of Robert Campin at the age of 27, where he would adopt his master’s detailed naturalism. He settled in Brussels and was quickly appointed the city’s official painter, giving him the opportunity to fulfill numerous public commissions. Van der Weyden particularly excelled as a portraitist; he was able to capture a sitter’s distinguishing characteristics and garments with a refined elegance. In fact, van der Weyden established new conventions in portraiture that were copied and implemented throughout the Netherlands. His fame spread rapidly throughout Europe, and he even received commissions for portraits from the Medici family in Italy. Van der Weyden’s later work tended towards austerity in color and composition, drawing on medieval aesthetics.

Rogier van der Weyden, ‘Saint George and the Dragon’, ca. 1432/1435, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington

Painted surface: 14.3 x 10.5 cm (5 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.) overall (panel): 15.2 x 11.8 cm (6 x 4 5/8 in.) framed: 34.6 x 30.4 x 5.3 cm (13 5/8 x 11 15/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Rogier van der Weyden
Flemish, ca. 1399–1464
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The early facts of Rogier van der Weyden’s life are unknown, but he entered the atelier of Robert Campin at the age of 27, where he would adopt his master’s detailed naturalism. He settled in Brussels and was quickly appointed the city’s official painter, giving him the opportunity to fulfill numerous public commissions. Van der Weyden particularly excelled as a portraitist; he was able to capture a sitter’s distinguishing characteristics and garments with a refined elegance. In fact, van der Weyden established new conventions in portraiture that were copied and implemented throughout the Netherlands. His fame spread rapidly throughout Europe, and he even received commissions for portraits from the Medici family in Italy. Van der Weyden’s later work tended towards austerity in color and composition, drawing on medieval aesthetics.

Saint George and the Dragon, ca. 1432/1435

Oil on panel
6 × 4 5/8 in
15.2 × 11.7 cm
Permanent collection
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