This work is on view.
attributed to Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian, 1449-1494)
High Renaissance (late 15th-1520s)
tempera on wood
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
31 7/8 in x 15 7/8 in
- Collection Area
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
- Accession Number
Domenico Ghirlandaio was one of the leading artists of late 15th-century Florence, admired for his portraits, frescoes and numerous altarpieces. His highly successful studio employed a number of assistants, including Michelangelo as well as Francesco Granacci and Guiliano Bugiardini, both of whom are represented in this gallery.
St. Michael and St. Dominic are typical of Ghirlandaio's style in their honest detail, brilliant color, and charming linear energy. St. Michael is armed against Satan, clothed in a dazzling coat of chain mail and holding a sword. In his other hand, he carries the scales with which he will weigh souls on the Judgment Day. In contrast to the idealized beauty of the archangel, St. Dominic is more human in character and depicted with individualized features and greater attention to anatomy. Wearing the habit of his order, St. Dominic holds a lily for purity and a book, symbolizing his love of learning.