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

Painting

Culture

Early Netherlandish

Dated

around 1510

Artist

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

Material

oak wood

Dimensions

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

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 4056

Provenance

1886 bought at the auction Artaria

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