Happy St. George’s Day!

I am grateful for everyone who sends me images of my favorite saint. This post features a year’s worth, plus some others I found while cleaning out my office.

An Ethiopian miniature at the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library.

St. George on a war memorial at my high school.




From Robert Black.

The bookplate of a German doctor named George; note also the proper symbol of medicine!

Looks French and fifteenth century. You know the artist has great esteem for St. George, dressing him in blue, the most expensive color.

I love it when the dragon is surrounded by the human bones of its previous victims, like the killer rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

From Wayne Glowka: St. George’s Gate at Windsor Castle.

From the Bibliothèque nationale de France. That’s quite the harness.

A proper icon of St. George will be surrounded by a ring of pictures of all the tortures he suffered.

St. George (right) and St. Theodore on either side of a crucified Jesus. Yes, this composition features numerous anachronisms.

The original icon of St. George as a young soldier.

An illustration in the style of a fifteenth-century woodblock. I love the crescent over the princess’s head. 

I can’t remember where this one came from but it seems Persian in influence. St. George generally gets a white horse, and usually isn’t shown with a beard. Plus, that fiery cape is novel. (So is it really St. George?)

I like the composition of this one.

Don’t know where this one came from but it looks pretty nineteenth century and Romantic.

The label of an Italian Sangiovese wine from Di Majo Norante. (“Sangiovese,” I discover, is not the name of a saint, like San Francisco – it derives from Latin sanguis Jovis, “the blood of Jupiter.” This makes sense, because otherwise they would illustrate it with a “San Giovese,” not San Giorgio.) I bought a bottle of this for each member of my dissertation committee.

A gift from my brother-in-law. Thanks!

Why should the Scots and Irish be the only ones with whiskies? And who better a patron than St. George?

From a friend of my dean Wayne Glowka, taken in a museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.

A photo from my brother-in-law, taken in Wartburg Castle.

From my friend Chris Berard: St. George and the Dragon 12th C, Byzantine Empire, Walters Art Museum.


From the “Byzantine Empire, Crusades and Caliphates in the Medieval World” exhibit (also courtesy Chris Berard).

From Kevin Harty, St. George in stained glass at Princeton University.

Regretfully, I can’t remember who sent me this one. Apologies!


From Chris Berard: Lady Chapel of Rochester Cathedral (c. 1910-18)

“To commemorate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this embroidery was worked by the Royal School of Needlework for the makers of Capstan Cigarettes” (magazine advertisement, 1953, gift of Ron Good).

A pop-up birthday card from my family. 

From the Anglican cathedral in Montreal.

From the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A Georgian St. George.

The front of a replica hockey sweater, courtesy Ron Good. It features the current coat of arms of Russia, and the name “Russia” in old-school Cyrillic, a detail I love.

An a parody of the current Russian coat of arms, illustrating an occasional occurrence under Putin.

From a rood screen in Cawston, Norfolk.

St. George statue outside Prague Cathedral. Photo: Maureen Boulton.

A 12th-century St. George Fresco from Svaneti region in Georgia. 

From Kevin Harty: “In Barcelona there is a hot chocolate shop called The Dragon of Saint George (Jordi  in Catalan).”

From Kevin Harty: San Jordi de Monserrat

I took this one in St. Augustine, Florida some years ago.

One of the Toronto subway stations is designated St. George. love the typography. I took this in October when I was there.

A shop on Bloor Street in Toronto.

This is Cape St. George in Newfoundland.

And here is a postcard from St. George island in Florida, which we visited back in 2014.

Kevin Harty sent me this card featuring a detail of Jaume Huguet, Sant Jordi i la princesa, from the third quarter of the fifteenth century, on display in the National Museum of Catalonia.

From Kevin Harty.

A chauvinistic belt buckle, from Kevin Harty.

From Kevin Harty.

From the Barcelona Hard Rock Cafe, from Kevin Harty.

I believe I got this one at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill.

Another one from my collection from long ago.

My loving daughters make cards for me.

This one may be seen in the Children’s Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, Tenn.

From Daniel Mitsui. I love how this one does not show St. George in the act of spearing the dragon, but the princess leading the dragon with her girdle (which tamed the creature) back to Silene. 

Here’s a topical one that appeared recently on Facebook.


From my fencing colleague Tim Furnish: the Saint George’s Parry.

St. George’s Cross flag (for both England and Genoa), flying from Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, St. John’s, Nfld.

2 thoughts on “Happy St. George’s Day!

  1. I like the ones from your children the best! I will now be on the lookout for a St. George for you, even if I have to mail it!

  2. wonderful collection – I like them ALL.
    Very good to see St George ‘celebrated’ – we rarely do this in UK – except in Church Services…. and by various historians!

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