Andy Warhol St. George and the Dragon 237
Andy Warhol's signature on the St George screen print
The original St George and the Dragon painting that inspired Warhol.

Paolo Uccello St. George and the Dragon 327

Catalog Title: Details of Renaissance Paintings (Paolo Uccello St. George and the Dragon, 1460) (FS II. 327)
Year: 1984
Size: 32" x 44"
Medium: Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) Paper
Edition: 50, 12 AP, 5 PP, 4 HC, 36TP. portfolio of 4. signed and numbered in pencil lower left.

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.

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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