Performance and revelry in Rubens's St George and the Dragon
17 October 2018, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
A paper on a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, Landscape with St George and the Dragon, 1629-35, oil on canvas, 152.5 x 226.9 cm. London, Royal Collection Trust.
Early Modern Exchanges
Room 307Foster CourtMalet PlaceLONDONWC1E 7JEUnited Kingdom
Rubens's Landscape with St George and the Dragon has attracted critical interpretations from the time it was first displayed, probably prior to its completion, in 1630. This is not surprising as it represents Charles I of Great Britain in a heroic guise as St George freeing the princess and her people from the dragon. The painting continues to attract the attention of scholars but no substantial discussion has been offered for many years, in spite of its recent appearance in two London exhibitions, and a clamourous debate about Charles's relationship to his people and to the arts. This paper offers a new interpretation of the painting and its place in the cultural politics of Caroline Britain.
The painting was on show at the recent Royal Academy exhibition on Charles I (27 January — 15 April 2018)
With Dr Nick Grindle, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education
This event is organised by UCL Early Modern Exchanges, which is part of the Institute of Advanced Studies.