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Snakes for arms; scaly, avian legs; moth-like wings, and... a cactus? 

Daniel Sabrino Ralston, CEEH Associate Curator for Spanish Paintings, explores Bermejo's painting of Saint Michael defeating the devil, a scene taken from the Book of Revelation.

The painting is 15th-century Spanish artist Bermejo's earliest documented work, and is widely considered the most important early Spanish painting in Britain.

See the painting's details close-up in our illustrated feature


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