Altarpiece of the Archangel Michael

around 1510, Artist: Gerard David



Altarpiece of the Archangel Michael

The middle panel shows Michael triumphing over the powers of evil who appear here in the sinister realism of devilishly strange hybrid creatures. Seven in number, they remind us of the seven cardinal sins. In a small side-scene in the background the angels can be seen, led by Michael, struggling against the fallen angels of Satan, now turned into demons. On the inner wings are St. Hieronymus and St. Antony of Padua, on the outer wings St. Sebastian and a female saint with a boy.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name



Early Netherlandish


around 1510


Gerard David (um 1460 Oudewater bei Gouda - 1523 Brügge) - GND


oak wood


Mittelbild: Middle panel: 66 x 53 cm, wings each: 66 x 22,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 4056


1886 bought at the auction Artaria

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