Art for December 17th: Fighting with the Dragon


La Seu,  Barcelona Cathedral is a grand building (read more about La Seu here), like most of the gothic cathedrals. In the cloister garden of the cathedral is a medieval fountain dedicated to St. George, patron saint of Barcelona.

In the fountain is a small beautiful statue showing St. George in fight with a dragon. The cloister was built in the 14th century, I guess the statue also. I haven’t been able to track the sculptor.  (Picture taken in June 2003.)

St. George in fight with the dragon. Fountain in the cloister of Barcelona Cathedral.

St. George in fight with the dragon. Fountain in the cloister of Barcelona Cathedral.

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2 Responses to Art for December 17th: Fighting with the Dragon

  1. Rigby says:

    Subtle repetition of shapes is one of the hallmarks of good composition, and a significant feature of this fine photograph. Severely vertical columns are the backdrop for a cluster of ferns, a fountain, and a dashing horse and rider; all of which share a similar shape by appearing to spring from the same source—rising vertically before curving gracefully away. In both water and plants the shape is natural. The sculptor of the magnificent bronze achieves this effect by having the rider lean in the opposite direction to the elegantly extended neck of his mount.
    Neither horse nor rider appears unduly concerned by the dragon. With calm deliberation the leanly muscled young man gazes down while impaling this symbol of pagan belief.
    A cloister is a place for contemplation, and the serene certitude of George as he disposes of this intruder is perhaps a message to doubters to trust to the ‘experts’. The lighting reinforces the fountain-like effect, which has been so well captured by the photographer through an astute choice of angle. The effect is graceful, unhurried, calm and certain.

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