In excellent condition with a small restoration done to St. George (see description, photo 72), high quality and excellent workmanship
Stunning pair of altarpieces in Rubbio marble. One depicts the Archangel St. Michael in the act of killing Lucifer and the other depicts St. George on horseback, in the act of killing the dragon. They come from an ancient church in the area of Ferrara and they were placed on the altar, with a central artwork depicting the nativity. As you can see, these items are symmetrical, perfect and hard to find.
These two sculptures were completely hand-carved with meticulousness and precision. Their very fine thickness increases the value and shows the quality of the artist who created these tiles.
In the altarpiece with St. Michael there is the Saint who stabs the demon Lucifer with his sword, to drive him out of the Kingdom of Heaven. The pictures of the Archangel Michael driving the devil away are allegorical. The angels are trying to oppose his work in the world.
Lucifer was supposed to be the most important of the angels, but he didn’t want to depend on God, so the consequence was the creation of hell. To give his creature what he wanted, God drove Lucifer out of his Kingdom and let him become the king of his own kingdom, that is hell.
In the other altarpiece there is St. George who pierces the dragon with his sword. According to legend, this Saint killed the monster because it was killing people with its breath. In return, St. George asked citizens to be converted and baptised. This tile underwent a slight restoration on the top left corner, which was damaged in the past. It was fixed with precision and skill (see photo no. 72).
They are both artworks with a clear allegorical message: the triumph of good over evil.
Extraordinary pair of tiles of fine quality, one of a kind lot.
They are perfect to be hung on the wall, thanks to their reasonable weight and dimensions. Beautiful marble veins and patina, bright and elegant.
In excellent condition, perfectly intact.
In case of shipping, they will be delivered in a wooden crate, carefully packaged and with the highest safety.
- St. Michael 33 cm x 47 cm, edge thickness 1.5 cm, maximum thickness 3.5 cm. Weight 11 kg.
- St. George 32 cm x 47 cm, edge thickness 1.5 cm, maximum thickness 4 cm. Weight 11 kg.
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