Sint Michaël & De Draak. 2019 – 2020

YEAR:                  2020

MATERIALS:        Three panelled, acrylic paint, pencil, golden frame

SIZE:                    370 x 250 x 5 cm (143 x 98,8 x 1,9 inch)

CATERGORY:      Unique

LOCATION:          Galerie Dennie Boxem Zwolle

PRICE:                 €20.000,- (incl. 9% btw, incl. frame)

Saint Michael is an archangel and the patron of Zwolle. He protected Zwolle from evil, always depicted as a Dragon. Saint Michael has been Zwolle’s patron since the early middle ages.

The painting ‘Saint Michael & The Dragon’ is a Team-Artwork of 3,7 by 2,4 meters (144,1 by 96,1 inch) and at least two hundred and fifty persons contributed. The bodies of the two rivals are covered in tattoos and tell a story of Good versus Evil. On the Dragon we see (Michelangelo’s) Adam and (Rubens’) Eve grabbing the apple, leading up to the Amazone on fire, bio-industry, oiltankers polluting and a dead burned koala as tattoos. On Saint Michael we see windmills, God and Allah joined together and “go vegan”.

The making of the team-artwork started at Bruisweken Zwolle where about hundred and fifty students contributed. After this festival the painting was brought to Sint Micheals church (Academiehuis – Grote Kerk Zwolle) where tens of visitors joined in. It was finished at the University of Applied Science Windesheim.

The names of all participant are written on the back of the artwork.

On 10-10-2019, the Dag van de Duurzaamheid (National Day of Sustainability), Dutch writer, scientist, former politician and climate activist Jan Terlouw (1931) contributed to the painting. Right after his lecture on climate change, visitors painted words of hope out of his lecture on Sint Michaels wings.