St George and the Dragon

This is a copy of a dedication page from a book written in Citeaux, France in the twelfth century by Cistercian monks. The image shows St. George about to slay the dragon. The text is dedicated to the patron who commissioned the book. Roughly translated it says “To the most reverend Father Leandro, under Bishop Gregory. He is a servant of the servant of God.” This style of illumination is Romanesque.

Hand painted on calfskin parchment using watercolours, ink and embellished with 23ct gold leaf.  

Original image size 21.5 x 29.5 cm