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

St George and the Princess of Trebizond (left side)

Pellegrini Chapel, Sant'Anastasia, Verona

Pisanello was educated in Verona his first master was Stefano da Verona. He worked in Venice with Gentile da Fabriano on the frescoes of the Palazzo Ducale, then in the court of the Gonzaga princes in Mantua. He went to Rome with Gentile and worked on the frescoes of San Giovanni Laterano (destroyed). Returning to Verona he executed the frescoes of the Pellegrini Chapel in the church Santa Anastasia. Only the detail showing Saint George survived from these frescoes.

Pisanello painted in his native Verona a depiction of a favourite subject of the period, St George, the Princess and the Dragon. It is a large fresco painted in the crown and spandrels of an arch.

In the badly damaged left spandrel Pisanello shows the dragon's lair where victims' bones are surrounded by awful animals.

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