Saint Michael
This painting is part of the group: Four Panels from an Altarpiece, Ascoli Piceno

Saint Michael was the archangel who led God's army against the rebel angels led by Lucifer and cast them out of heaven. In paintings he is often shown in armour, defeating the devil. He is also sometimes shown holding a set of scales in which he weighs human souls as here in Crivelli's painting of him.

The fight between Saint Michael and the devil in the form of a dragon appears in the book of Revelations at the end of the Bible. Although only a short passage, it was an episode that caught the medieval imagination, and Saint Michael and the devil (often in the form of a dragon) became a popular subject for paintings.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1430/5 - about 1494
Full title
Saint Michael
Group
Date made
about 1476
Medium and support
Tempera on poplar
Dimensions
90.5 x 26.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1868
Inventory number
NG788.11
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Four Panels from an Altarpiece, Ascoli Piceno

Painting
Carlo Crivelli
about 1476
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Jerome'
Painting
Carlo Crivelli
about 1476
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Lucy'
Painting
Carlo Crivelli
about 1476
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Peter Martyr'