PISANELLO
(b. 1395, Pisa, d. 1455, Roma)

Apparition of the Virgin to Sts Anthony Abbot and George

1445
Panel, 47 x 29 cm
National Gallery, London

Pisanello's special ability in depicting the courtly life which dominated some of the smaller Italian city states where he worked is revealed in this elegant picture. Unfortunately it has undergone some imaginative modern repainting, especially the aureole surrounding the image of the Virgin and Child in the sky. St George, with the dread dragon at his feet, is dressed in a marvelous suit of armor. The hooded saint is Anthony, appearing with his attributes, the beast and the bell. The picture is signed prominently at the bottom, as if the artist had taken particular pride in it.




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