Saint George and the DragonRampley & Co
Jacopo Tintoretto, about 1518-1594 Saint George and the Dragon about 1555 © The National Gallery, London
Saint George is seen here about to defeat the dragon by the edge of the sea. The treatment of the subject is unusual, with the figure of the fleeing princess dominant, and in the centre lies a corpse which the dragon was about to eat. The visual narrative reads back from the princess, with the blue and rose colours picked up in the draperies of the corpse and Saint George, and in the pink and blue tints of the cloudscape. The high horizon and viewpoint also help create tension and drama in this stunning picture.
The wonderful thing about printed paintings on pocket squares is that they can produce a number of different effects depending on how they are folded and creates a great topic for conversation once pulled out of the breast pocket.