Russian icon | St George Slaying the Dragon

Icon: St George Slaying the Dragon T-9

Russia, Vologda, second half 16th century
Tempera on wood, 20.5 x 16 cm

Against a gold background, the martyr St George is represented seated on a white horse trampling the dragon. As a young man St George is depicted beardless and with short brown curly hair. Dressed in full armour, he wears a bright red mantle, which flutters behind. With his raised right hand the saint plunges a spear into the mouth of the dragon. In the upper right corner is a dark blue segment of heaven.

The interesting floral decorative pattern on the border of the icon which is incised in the levkas ground, is a typical feature of 16th century icons from the Vologda area.