Unknown German Artist
early 16th century
16.25 x 16.25 x 1.44 in. (41.28 x 41.28 x 3.65 cm)
Medium and Support:
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of W.L. Hildburgh, 1932 (32.64.9)
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
In Germany and the Southern Netherlands, decorative plates such as these were displayed on sideboards in homes and used in the liturgy in churches; because religious imagery was common in domestic decoration, it is uncertain where these examples were originally located. This plate depicts St. George, an Early Christian Greek warrior saint and martyr, fighting the dragon that he killed, according to a later legend that Crusaders brought to Western Europe. The legend became a popular subject of Medieval romances.