|Saint George and the Dragon by Briton Rivière|
Today is the feast day of Saint George. I love the above painting because it is one of the few that shows Saint George off his horse. He looks exhausted after slaying such a beast. He should be, for the dragon is ancient and holds a heavy influence on our minds and hearts. Pre-Raphaelite painter Burne-Jones took George off his horse, too, for a wonderful painting that referenced a princess-like figure of the legend. (Apparently few women yielded swords in those days.)
|by Sir Edward Burne-Jones|
P.S. George is the good knight and reminds me of Balian of Ibelin, who inspired the character who is at the core of my current work in progress. The film Kingdom of Heaven is a fictional account of Balian's journey. If you watch this film, I suggest that you view the extended version as it is a more detailed and complete form of the awkward theatrical version. I liked the film very much for it brought out the blessed/cursed motif that I am so interested in as an artist and writer.
Supposedly, Saint George's tomb is in Lod, Israel.