Jean Duvet

Saint Michael Overwhelming the Dragon

c. 1546-1555/1561
The dense composition of this print, its ornamental richness, and the fusion of decorative motifs and devices can be associated with Duvet’s apprenticeship as a goldsmith. While the lower part of the print is occupied by a highly detailed fortified landscape, most of the plate is given over to the “great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back” (Rev. 12:7). Seen at the left, raising his sword, St. Michael prepares to decapitate the prostrate devil underfoot whose head will fall into a dark well. To the right, two angels attack Satan’s soldiers, hideous reptilian figures.
Artist
Title
Saint Michael Overwhelming the Dragon
Date
c. 1546-1555/1561
Medium
Print
Materials
engraving on laid paper
Dimensions
30.5 x 22 cm trimmed irregular within platemark; image: 29.6 x 21.2 cm irregular
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1954
Accession number
6604