Monday, 24 April 2006

St George's Day

Uccello - St George and the Dragon (1460)
I heard a nasty rumour today (Sunday) that St George was a Roman. Absolutely no way: an Anglo-Saxon through and through. And here's Uccello's famous painting to prove the point. Look at the chinless wonder our hero is trying to save from the dragon. Does she look anything like Sophia Loren?
While you're at it, note the fake perspective. The wild grass has been laid out like turves, to give an impression of depth. Uccello tried the same trick with fallen lances in The Battle of San Romano. He was fascinated by perspective, but never mastered it.


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