The legend of Saint George slaying the dragon is particularly popular in Eastern Orthodox imagery. George served as a soldier in the Roman army and was killed because of his Christian faith. He therefore counts as a martyr and is among the most venerated military saints.
In its allegorical meaning the dragon represents evil, in particular paganism and non-Orthodox beliefs, while Saint George represents all that is good, in the form of Christianity. In wartime, the motif was used in propaganda as well as artistic contexts, since it had strong identification potential for Orthodox Russians. By beginning her cycle with this iconic image, Goncharova demonstrates her belief in Russian victory and the spiritual superiority of Orthodox Russia.
figures; horses; saints; Christianity
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