Ancient Italian Fresco - Tear on canvas, San Giorgio and the Dragon / Fragment - Watercolors - 1800/1850

Ancient Italian Fresco - Tear on canvas, San Giorgio and the Dragon / Fragment - Watercolors - 1800/1850

San Giorgio
Mural painting - Fresco fragment

Dating / style / typology: 1800 / 1850

“San Giorgio”

The cult of St. George is one of the most widespread cults throughout the Christian world, whether Catholic or Orthodox, and the Muslim world. It is a character that well represents the blending and hybridization in the Mediterranean area and can be considered an exemplary bridge between religions. If for the Christians he is the heroic warrior led by God, capable of dying and resurrecting three times, for the Muslims he is Al-Khadr, the green prophet, who appears in Sura XVIII to help Moses.

A work of extraordinary pictorial quality, depicting an excellently composed scene. Preserved in good condition.

Further information:

There is a historical interpretation of the frescoes of St. George, which is linked to other works as part of the initiatives for the reconciliation of the Greek and Latin Churches, the rescue of Constantinople and the legacy of the dying Byzantine Empire. This possibility is suggested by the presence of characters wearing hats typical of the Byzantine court, and by the general theme: Saint George would be the symbol of Christianity preparing to free itself from an overseas danger (the Turks), to save a princess, who represents Constantinople.

Dimensions: 90/61 cm

Origin: RVC Restauri

Italian detached fresco from Tuscan pictorial series / Florence - Siena

Preservative and integrative restoration of missing parts - in good condition

In the 1960s-80s, frescoes like this were detached from the walls. A real revolution in the field of restoration and conservation, but also for the collectors of Italian mural heritage. So, while in the newly rediscovered Herculaneum and Pompeii the most beautiful murals of ancient times were transferred to new supports, in the rest of Italy the revolution of detaching frescoes was spreading.

Nothing would ever be the same again. From that moment on, and until the end of the 19th century, a considerable number of Italian painting masterpieces were torn and detached from the vaults of churches and chapels and from the walls of public and private palaces where they stood for centuries to be transferred to safer places, into noble and princely picture galleries of Italy and Europe. Collection purposes were often hidden behind the official preservative reasons.

Decorative fresco
Free circulation, without restrictions or limitations.

The work will be delivered with a document/brochure “La storia degli strappi di affresco”.

Lot details
Ancient Italian Fresco - Tear on canvas, San Giorgio and the Dragon / Fragment
Estimated Period
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
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