Saint George and the Dragon

Salvador Dali

Technique: lost wax process
Material: bronze
Height: 46 cm
Patina: green/brown
Edition size: 350 + 35 EA
Inscribed: Dalí
Date: conceived in 1977
first cast in 1984
Foundry: Perseo, Mendrisio, Switzerland

Dalí transforms the traditional iconography of the legend of Saint George, in a symbolic and interpretive work. The Saint is the brave knight in shining golden armor, represented in the act of inflicting the mortal blow on the dragon and saving the life of the princess of Selene at his side.

Metamorphic touches find their way into this sculpture: the dragon’s wings morph into flames and the tongue is formed like a crutch, one of Dalí’s favored symbolic elements.

The absence of facial features both in Saint George and the princess, is a typical Dalinian reference, underlining the purely symbolic significance of the figures.

In this sculpture Dalí focuses on the duality between life and death and good and evil.
A larger size version of this sculpture was presented to Pope John Paul II in 1995 by the Dalí Universe for display in Rome’s Vatican collection.

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