Lorenzo Vaccaro 1655-1706

Saint Michael the Archangel

Details

Artist

Lorenzo Vaccaro 1655-1706

Title

Saint Michael the Archangel

Date

About 1700

Medium

Silver and gilt bronze

Dimensions

H: 29 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0250.S

Collection

Naples

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This dramatic and delicate statue shows the Archangel Michael, dressed in Roman armour, preparing to slay the small gilded figure of the devil – in the form of a baby – prostrated at his feet. Lorenzo Vaccaro was an influential figure and knew many of the important artists working in Naples at the time – in particular the painter Francesco Solimena, whose compositions influenced the style of Vaccaro’s own work.

Lorenzo Vaccaro Saint Michael the Archangel About 1700 © Compton Verney