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Gallery guest admiring the St. George and the Dragon 324 screenprint, showing the relative size of the artwork.
Andy Warhol - St. George and the Dragon F.S. II 324 sig blur jpg
Andy Warhol - St. George and the Dragon 324 jpg

St. George and the Dragon 324

Catalogue Title: St. George and the Dragon (FS II.324)

Year: 1984

Size: 32 x 44″ (81.3 x 111.8 cm); image, 25 x 37″ (63.5 x 94 cm)

Medium: Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper

Edition: 50, 12 AP, 5 PP, 4 HC, signed and numbered in pencil lower left. There are 36 TP portfolios as described in II.316-319.


Warhol’s larger portfolio entitled “Details in Renaissance Paintings” include several paintings in which Warhol transforms with his own signature style. One of them being Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon 324. Warhol recreated this painting into a screenprint of four, using different color combinations to add individuality to each print. Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon 324 showcases bold colors with a red-tone film that covers the whole print. This gives it a more Pop and unique feel to the print. By focusing on the damsel’s upper body and one of the dragon’s wings, Warhol was able to extract this portion from the larger whole so as to emphasize the detailing in his print.

St. George and the Dragon 324 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work

Warhol wanted to refurbish Italian Renaissance paintings into Pop Art prints with bold colors. However, by producing many prints of different color combinations with the help of the screenprinting process, Warhol’s pieces became more commercialized. By focusing on specific parts of the original work, Warhol extracted his prints from the original context and meaning. This forced his audience to look at his prints separate from the original paintings, in a Pop art perspective. Despite Warhol’s intent to strip his works from the painting’s original context, he still honored and respected the works of the great artists of the Renaissance era.

Photo credit: Artwork that inspired Warhol by Paolo Uccello titled St. George and the Dragon, c. 1470. Courtesy of the National Gallery in London.

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