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Symbolism In St George And The Dragon

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Known from legend, St. George is the knight who is told to have slain a dragon in Libya to save a young woman, generally known as holding the title of princess, as expressed in Raphael’s painting St. George and the Dragon. In this oil painting, the dragon is seemingly the embodiment of evil in the town while St. George is the knight that risks his life to slay and rid of the evil within the town in a somewhat chivalrous manner. In St. George and the Dragon, Raphael expresses Christianity combined with chivalry in his painting through the use of small details, symbolic representations, contrast, human figures, and the depiction of these human figures and or characters. Raphael could have done this due to the rise of Christianity in the Renaissance era and chivalry in art at the time.
The expression of Christianity can be represented through symbolism, color, and the details of Raphael’s painting. The dragon can be seen as symbolic of the Devil in Christianity and in turn St. George slaying the dragon can be represented as the destruction of the Devil and all evil within that setting. The color of the dragon is dark and is viciously drawn which contrasts with the white and seemingly lightness of St. George’s horse that brings out the good and evil within the painting. This corresponds with Christianity as the Devil is normally depicted as dark and cruel compared to the white that represents purity of those who are righteous. Continuing on with the darkness of the dragon, in
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