Gallery Director Gabriele Finaldi explores Spanish master Bartolomé Bermejo's career
Just over twenty years ago, the Gallery acquired Bermejo's Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil.
Painted in 1468 for a church near Valencia, now submerged under a reservoir, it is without doubt a masterpiece of 15th-century European art.
It has recently been conserved and the quality of the execution, the exquisiteness of the detail in the armour and plant life, the sharpness of the features and dress of the donor Antonio Juan, and the terrifying character of the red-eyed demon are now even more evident.
Learn about Bermejo's career, why the Saint Michael is such an important picture, and why this is the nastiest devil in the National Gallery.