“Saint Michael slaying the demon”, beginning of the 18th century, Italy

Oil on canvas “Saint Michael slaying the demon”

The fight of the Archangel Saint Michael against the demon is evoked in the Apocalypse of Saint John (12-7).

In the center of the painting, the Archangel Saint Michael, is standing balanced on his right leg resting on the back of the prostrate demon at the bottom of the painting; the archangel who wears ancient armor points his spear, held in both hands, towards the demon equipped with strange horns and snakeskin wings: he is in the lower part of the painting in a brown area of rocks while the archangel has, in the background, an architectural motif.

Height: 79cm

Width: 60cm

Early 18th century


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