Saint Michael Battling the Dragon

Unknownprobably 1170s

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Saint Michael the archangel stands upon a dragon with his spear and shield jammed into the beast's open mouth. Around him, other angels fight demons in the final battle before the Second Coming of the Messiah, for which Saint Michael would return to earth. This full-page miniature introduces the Mass celebrated on his feast day, an important one in this missal since Michael was the patron saint of the church for which it was made.


  • Title: Saint Michael Battling the Dragon
  • Date Created: probably 1170s
  • Location Created: Hildesheim, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.9 x h28.2 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112631
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Dragons, Angels, Archangel Michael, Demons, Saint Michael

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