Title: St. George and the Dragon
Artist: Paolo Uccello (Paolo di Dono)
Year: c. 1470
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Period: Early Renaissance
Style/Genre: Religious Painting
Notes & Analysis of the Artwork
Two shades of dark green, both taking on traditional meanings and balance.
- Both have a connection to nature.
- The battle is also being shown between the greens.
- Green is shown in the dress (Cabbage Pont) is used to represent triumph, victory, and balance.
- In contrast with the pink, the green adds a rooted feeling of balance to add to the femininity of the princess.
- Green of the dragon (Crete) shows discord and ambition to fulfill a goal.
- This color of green is associated with envy and sickness, which the dragon embodies and represents.
- Disruption of the piece.
The Pink (Salmon) brings warmth and comfort to the battle.
- Tones down the other colors by being the lightest and brightest.
- Relieves tension within the painting.
- Possibly tells of the love story between the princess and St. George.
- Sign of success but shows a lack of confidence in her ability in the battle.
The Grey with brown undertones (Sand Dune) exudes depression and loneliness.
- Isolation in the top portion of the painting.
- Presents a grim looming vibe.
- Contrasted against the calming blue, tells the story of a different battle.
- Divine forces fight behind the scenes as physical forces fight.
- Told through the insightfulness of the grey and its omnipotent hue.
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