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Creator:
Francesco Fanelli, born 1577, Italian, active in Britain (from ca. 1632)
Title:

St. George and the Dragon

Date:
ca. 1635
Medium:
Bronze, on a later wooden base with tortoiseshell veneer and gilt bronze mounts
Dimensions:
11 1/2 × 11 1/2 × 8 inches (29.2 × 29.2 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, in honor of Brian Allen, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (1993-2012)
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2012.4
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
dragon | religious and mythological subject | spear | St. George and the dragon
Associated People:
Saint George (c. 275/281–303)
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:66008
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In the early seventeenth century, the Italian taste for tabletop bronzes reached England, where they were collected avidly by connoisseurs at the English court. When the Florentine sculptor Francesco Fanelli came to London in the early 1630s, King Charles I gave him a pension and began collecting his small mythological bronzes. A version of this group was displayed in the king’s most treasured space, the Cabinet Room at Whitehall Palace.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



In the early seventeenth century, the Italian taste for tabletop bronzes reached England, where they were collected avidly by connoisseurs at the English court. When the Florentine sculptor Francesco Fanelli came to London in the early 1630s, King Charles I gave him a pension and began collecting his small mythological bronzes. A version of this group was displayed in the king’s most treasured space, the Cabinet Room at Whitehall Palace.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

John Pope-Hennessy, Some Bronze Statuettes by Francesco Fanelli, Burlington Magazine, vol. 95, May 1953, pp. 158-159, 161, fig. 12, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art : 8 July 2011, Sotheby's, London, 2011, pp. 48-49, Lot 58, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ben van Beneden, Royalist Refugees : William and Margaret Cavendish in the Rubens House, 1648-1660, Rubenshuis & Rubenianum, Antwerp, 2006, pp. 198-199, DA407 N5 R693 2006 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Vertue's Note Book A.x., Walpole Society, vol. 24, 1936, p. 110, N12 W35 +A1 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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