The Archangel Michael Fighting against Satan

Tintoretto, Jacopo (1518-1594) | Painter


It is not known who commissioned this work from Tintoretto, but the dynamic character of the composition still conveys a clear message to viewers today. The dragon obviously has no chance against the Archangel Michael and his legions. God himself ensures the salvation of the Woman of the Apocalypse with the moon under the feet, traditionally interpreted as the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child. The Revelation of John, the last book of the New Testament, describes this cosmic struggle as prophecy.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1590
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 266