It is no secret that Vladimir Nuzhdin’s piece, “St. George and the Dragon,” is one of my favorite pieces. It actually stirs something inside me whenever I see it. I guess that is what good art is supposed to do. It is said that we don’t pick the art we like, it picks us. Well, this one picked me.
The fact that this is a favorite piece of mine, coupled with the notion that I don’t think the work of engravers is featured enough, I thought it would be interesting to pick one piece of work, like Vladimir’s piece, and post his inspiration for the engraving, as well as the engraving, and some photos of what various painters have done with the piece. So here we go.
Vladimir posted this photo of a painting by Carpaccio on his Facebook page noting that it was the inspiration for the engraving.
The next photo is of the engraving by Vladimir:
The next few photos are of the engraved piece painted by various artists, the first by Penny Meyer. As you can see, the piece is still posted on the black board on which Penny painted the engraving. Penny, first, paints the entire piece in grayscale, and then applies the color. She is a master at this. I wish you could see this piece for yourself.
On June 4th, 2013, I posted some of the work of Gianfranco Speranza. He painted the piece as well:
And the following piece was painted by Chuck Smith.
If you have painted this piece and would like to include it in this study, just send it along.
On the left is aficionado Mike Taylor, painter par excellence. On the right is Vladimir Nuzhdin, the sculptor of this study: St. George and the Dragon. (There is a growing gallery of his work posted under the heading of “Gallery.”)