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Annenberg Court, 5 June – 20 September 2015


Saint Michael triumphant over the Devil with the Donor Antonio Juan by Bartolomé Bermejo captures the episode from the Book of Revelation where Saint Michael defeats the devil. He does battle in a brilliant suit of gold armour and a red cloak. The devil is a monstrous mixture of bat and reptile, struggling beneath the Archangel’s feet. The donor (the man who commissioned the painting) is shown much smaller in size, kneeling in prayer to the left of St Michael.

Children’s enquiries into the painting spanned shape and size, light and dark, and the role of protectors. The contrasts of the patterned background, shining weaponry and feathered wings inspired drawing, collage and metalwork. The reflections of the holy city in Saint Michael’s breastplate and the history of Moorish influence on Spanish culture also provided stimuli. Sound, music, movement and creative writing responses stemmed from the painting’s narrative of good versus evil.

Take One Picture is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation, the Tavolozza Foundation and Christoph Henkel.

The schools represented in the 2015 display are:
  • Clayesmore Preparatory School, Dorset
  • Columbia Primary School, London
  • Gawber Primary School, Barnsley
  • Grimes Dyke Primary School, Leeds
  • Huish Episcopi School, Somerset
  • Hull Collegiate School, Hull
  • King Edward's Junior School, Bath
  • Leamington Federation of Sydenham Primary School and Lighthorne Heath Primary School, Warwickshire
  • Moreton Hall School, Shropshire
  • Myatt Garden Primary School, London
  • Northern House School, Oxford
  • Olney Infant Academy, Buckinghamshire
  • St James's Catholic Primary School, London
  • William Barnes Primary School, Dorset
  • Ysgol Gynradd Creigiau Primary School, Cardiff

With the Take One network of museums and galleries, a project like this exists in every region of the country. To find a Take One project local to you, visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/take-one

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