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Holding out for a Hero: The Story of St. George in Art
Fri, April 21, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM BST
Cultural historian Gail-Nina Anderson will present this illustrated evening talk in the Black Gate.
St George, patron saint, warrior and slayer of the dragon is one of the most frequently depicted figures in traditional culture, despite the fact that lack of historical evidence (or likelihood) led the Vatican to demote his Feast Day to 'optional' status. The facts of his life may be disputed, but the heroic legend lives on in the imagery of altarpieces and war memorials, romantic Victorian paintings and military propaganda. Despite his 3rd century origins, he has become a prototype for the Mediaeval ideal of chivalry, the brave but gentle knight.
This talk explores the pictorial history of St George (and, of course, his dragon) as the universal hero on a horse, rescuing the fair princess, fighting the good fight and giving us something worth holding out for.
The event takes place in the Black Gate, thus is accessible to wheelchair users. The ticket does not include entry to the rest of Newcastle Castle.