Wooden statue of St Michael the Archangel, Spain, 1700-1850

Made:
1700-1850 in Spain
Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Three qiarter view, Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Detail view of figure Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Full object, front view.

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Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Three qiarter view,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Detail view of figure
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gilded wooden figure of St Michael, patron saint of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850. Full object, front view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gilded wooden figure of St. Michael, patron of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850

This statue shows St Michael the Archangel. The Christian church venerates St Michael the Archangel as the guardian of the Kingdom of Christ on Earth and as the heavenly leader in the fight against evil. For this reason he was the special patron saint of Christian soldiers fighting against ‘Pagan’ armies. Other martyrs were also patron saints of soldiers, especially during the Crusades. These included St George and St Theodore. At a time when St George and St Theodore were venerated as patron saints of soldiers, St Michael was considered the patron saint of the sick.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A156108
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Linares, A.