The Dragon’s Trail: The Biography of Raphael’s Masterpiece

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St. George and the Dragon was painted by the young, talented Raphael for the Duke of Urbino in 1504; the commission catapulted Raphael into the competitive art world alongside Michelangelo and Da Vinci, and cemented relations between the Italian Duke and Henry VII of England, who was to be the recipient of this small but powerful and enduring painting. Pitman follows St. George as it passes from kings—Henry VIII and Charles I, among others—to British nobles, only to be sold to a French collector, then sold again to Catherine the Great of Russia, and, in a case of 20th-century international art intrigue, smuggled out of Russia to Germany, on its way to its current home in the United States, in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. With the enthusiasm of an amateur sleuth, Pitman tracks the 500-year (thus far) history of the painting, backed up with occasional assistance from scholars in the art world. At each of the painting’s stops, Pitman recreates the people and atmosphere of the time and place, providing a mini-course in art history as well as some fast-paced adventure that makes for an entertaining read.

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