Warhol’s portfolio entitled “Details in Renaissance Paintings” featured renditions of the iconic Italian Renaissance paintings of the 15th century. Paolo Uccello St. George and the Dragon 327 is exemplary of the Pop art movement and the use of bold Pop colors. The original painting by Paolo Uccello featured colors that were more realistic of the depiction; however, Warhol takes a contemporary approach and completely transforms his prints into a different version. With bright blues, green, red, yellow, and oranges, the damsel and dragon wing really ‘pop’ against the dark background. By zooming in to a portion of the original painting, Warhol is able to extract the image from its original context.
Paolo Uccello St. George and the Dragon 327 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
In each screen print featured in “Details in Renaissance Paintings,” Warhol aimed to produce an image separate from that of the original classical paintings. By such a manner, Warhol forced people to see his prints from a more Pop art, contemporary angle. Paolo Uccello, St. George and the Dragon series showcased Warhol’s articulate use of a wide range of bold colors that effectively gave his prints a new significance. This method of production also commercialized the images, yet Warhol still respected the original value of the works of the great artists of the Renaissance.