Saint Michael the Archangel and the Devil
ca. 1955-1956 George Lopez Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1900 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1993 carved aspen and Palo Duro (mountain mahogany) 48 x 33 x 39 1/2 in. (122.0 x 83.8 x 100.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.256A-H Not currently on view
As foretold in the book of Revelation, Saint Michael the Archangel will fight an apocalyptic battle against Satan, who will wage this last war in the form of a dragon. In this carving the artist depicts an ominous, sharp-clawed devil as part snake, part insect.
"And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Object - weapon - sword
Religion - angel
Religion - angel - St. Michael
Religion - Satan
metal - iron
wood - aspen
wood - mahogany