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St. George and the Dragon - Stockholm, Sweden
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 59° 19.509 E 018° 04.423
34V E 333500 N 6579916
Quick Description: Saint George and the Dragon sculpture is located in Köpmanbrinken, Merchant Square, in Gamla Stan, the oldest area of Stockholm.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date Posted: 7/31/2014 8:09:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMM6Q9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
Views: 18

Long Description:
A bronze sculpture depicts St. George mounted on horseback while slaying a dragon in order to save a princess. This is believed to be allegory for the victory at the Battle at Brunkeberg, which occurred on October 10, 1471, when Sweden was attacked by and defeated the Danes. The slaying of the dragon has since become a symbol of Sweden.

The original wood carving of this sculpture was created in 1489 by German artist, living in Stockholm, Bernt Notke. It resides in the Storkyrkan (Great Church) in Stockholm. The bronze copy was created in 1912 by Otto Meyer from a cast of the original. The princess was added nearby one year later in 1913.

This incredibly detailed sculpture depicts St. George and his horse in full armor. St. George is wearing a helmet and has his sword raised in his right hand as if ready to strike. Dragon is lying on its back underneath the front legs of the horse. The head of the dragon is close to the head of the horse. The plinth contain various relief sculptures related to the martyrdom of St. George, including a skull. The sculpture rests high up on a pedestal of eight courses of marble blocks.


A metal plate on the pedestal of the statue is inscribed:

SANKT GORAN OCH DRAKEN

REST 1912 -1913

BRONSKOPIA AV BERNT NOTKES
TRÄSKULPTUR | STORKYRKAN FRÅN 1489

GÅVA AV KONSUL HJALMAR WICANDER


--------Translation---------------

SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

ERECTED 1912-1913

BRONZE COPY OF BERNT NOTKE'S
WOODEN SCULPTURE | THE GREAT CHURCH FROM 1489

GIFT OF CONSUL HJALMAR WICANDER
Identity of Rider: St. George

Identity of Horse: unnamed

Name of artist: Bronze sculpture, Otto Meyer; Original wood carving Bernt Notke

Date of Dedication: 1912

Material: Bronze

Unusual Features: Incredibly detailed copy of a medieval wood carving; Statue of the princess be saved is nearby.

Position: Two Hooves Raised

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