The standard version of the story of Saint George is in 'The Golden Legend'. Saint George rescued a princess who had been sacrificed to appease the dragon which was terrorising the inhabitants of a city. He is shown charging the beast while the princess flees to the left.

Elements of the landscape, including the town, may be derived from north Italian, or northern European, precedents.The painting has been dated about 1615, but, as it seems rather earlier than his 'Landscape with Tobias', may be of about 1610-11.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
Saint George killing the Dragon
Date made
about 1610
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
52.7 x 61.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG75
Location in Gallery