The NGA has numerous depictions of St George and the Dragon but this small work by Raphael is undoubtedly one of the best. Raphael was born in 1483 in Urbino, a central Italian duchy, the son of a painter Giovanni Santi. Urbino was a place noted for its cultural sophistication and burgeoning scholarship so from a young age Raphael was exposed to refining forces. He trained with his father and Perugino and was already working as an independent master in 1500, aged only 17.
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