Almanac Poetry: Pisanello’s ‘The Virgin and Child with the Saints George and Anthony Abbot’


‘The Virgin and Child with the Saints George and Anthony Abbot’, by Pisanello, oil on panel, c. 1445. National Gallery, London. [Source:Wikimedia Commons.]



Pisanello’s ‘The Virgin and Child with the Saints George and Anthony Abbot’



Saint George is an oddity
in his big straw hat
– it looks like a sombrero.
The abbot is scowling at him
through a long grey beard.
Obviously, he does not approve
of the slayer’s choice in millinery.
Meanwhile, above them,
encircled by flaming blue and gold,
the Virgin and Child
look dark and Middle-Eastern


in a completely different realm.



(Acknowledgements: first published in Vernacular, 2002; then in my first poetry collection, Vigorous Vernacular, 2008 – reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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