Saint George Slaying the Dragon, Martin Schongauer, 1470 - 1490
Like many other renowned printmakers, Schongauer learned to draw and engrave in a goldsmith’s workshop. This print is also conceivable as executed in precious metal, for example as the decoration of the well of a plate. Schongauer here depicts the moment when George raises his sword to give the death blow to the monster. Its eyes wide open, the dragon awaits its fate.