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In detail: Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil

Discover the detail in this extraordinary painting by Bartolomé Bermejo

Bermejo's first documented painting

Image: Bartolomé Bermejo, 'Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil', 1468

Bermejo's masterpiece, 'Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil', is widely considered the most important early Spanish painting in Britain. It portrays Saint Michael defeating the devil, a scene taken from the Book of Revelation which became a popular subject in art from the Middle Ages onwards. 

It is a tall panel, roughly six feet high, and painted in astonishing detail. Recently restored, the painting reveals the extent of Bermejo's technical skill and mastery of the oil painting technique that had been perfected in the Netherlands. 

Learn more about some of the details in the painting, and click to expand: 

See the painting and other rare works by Bermejo in our free exhibition this summer: 

Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance
12 June – 29 September 2019