Rogier van der Weyden, Saint George and the Dragon, 1432-1435, National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

This imaginary scene is painted with the greatest realism. The artist's attention to detail is amazing, especially since the painted surface measures only 5 5/8 by 4 1/8 inches. (The reproduction on this Web page is about the same size as the actual painting!)

Looking at the painting is a little bit like being on a treasure hunt. Let's try to find some REALLY small details that add a lot to the story.

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