(b. 1289/1309, Bologna, d. 1359/69, Bologna)

St George 's Battle with the Dragon

around 1350
Tempera on wood, 80 x 70 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

Vitale da Bologna (real name Vitale d'Aimo de'Cavalli) was a Bolognese painter. This picture is one of the three signed paintings of the painter, originally it belonged to the altarpiece of the church of San Giorgio in Bologna. It represents a very dramatic scene, the final moment of the battle between St George and the dragon.

The picture is crippled on all sides, the decorative cosmata ornamentics is now lacking.