Saint Michael and the Angels at War with the Devil, between 1448 and 1494

  • Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian, between 1448 and 1449 - 1494

Tempera on wood panel

  • Framed: Unframed: 6 1/4 × 16 1/4 inches (15.9 × 41.3 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase


On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W241


European Painting

  • Religious art
  • Christianity
  • Saints
  • Panel (wood)
  • Tempera
  • Armors
  • Shields (armor)
  • Predella
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Panel painting (painting by form)
  • Florence
  • Angels (spirits)


until 1529, Santa Giusto alle Mura (Florence, Italy); 1529, moved San Niccolò or San Giovannino, later San Giusto della Calza (Florence, Italy); 1680 until mid-1820s, San Giovanni Battista [name of church changed] (Florence, Italy); by 1828, Giovanni Metzger (Florence, Italy); June 20, 1874, sold by W. Angerstein (Christie's, London, England) 1874, purchased by Waters; 1925, (Paul Bottenweiser, Berlin, Germany)

Published References

Vasari, G. Le vite de' piu eccellenti pittori, scultori, et architettori. Florence, 1550, p. 476. Vasari, G. Le vite de' piu eccellenti pittori, scultori, et architettori 1. Florence, 1558, p. 457. Borghini, R. Il Riposo. Florence, 1584, pp. 345-346. Bocchi, F. Le Bellezza della Città di Fiorenza. Florence, 1591, p. 63. Cinelli, M. Giovanni. Le Bellezza della Città di Fiorenza. Florence, 1677, p. 126. Richa, G. Notizie istoriche delle chiese fiorentine 9. Florence, 1761, pp. 103, 343. Moreni, D. Notizie istoriche dei contorni di Firenze 6. Florence, 1795, pp. 46-48. Borghini, R. Il Riposo 2. Florence, 1807, pp. 127-128. Rumohr, C.F. von. Italienische Forschungen 2, Berlin, 1827, pp. 285, 287. Vasari, G. Le vite di Giorgio Vasari 3, ed., G. Milanesi. Milan, 1906, pp. 257, 570-571. Stock, F. "Aus dem Briefwechsel Friedrich Wilhelms IV mit Karl Friedrich von Rumohr." Jahrbuch der kgl. preuss 35. Dresden, 1914, Beiheft, p. 62. Küppers, P.E. "Die Tafelbilder des Domenico Ghirlandaio." Ph.D. diss., Universität Kiel, 1915, p. 87. Schlosser. Italienische Forschungen 2, Berlin, 1920, p. 402. Stock, F. "Rumohrs Briefe an Bunsen über Erwerbungen fur das Berliner Museum." Jahrbuch der kgl. preuss 46. Dresden, 1925, Beiheft, pp. 7, 10. Valentiner, W.R. "Two predella pictures." Bulletin of the DIA 7, no. 3 (December 1925) p. 28 (ill.). Gronau, G. "Notes on pictures in the National Gallery" Apollo 4, no. 20 (August 1926): pp. 72-76 (ill.), p. 72. Gronau, G. "The lost predella of an altarpiece by Domenico Ghirlandaio." Art in America 16, no. 1 (1927): pp. 16-25 (fig. 1). Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 86 (ill.). Van Marle, R. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting 13. The Hague, 1931, pp. 53-55 (fig. 30). Valentiner, W.R. Supplementary Works in Already Published Works of Art in the Possession of the Museum." Bulletin of the DIA 13, no. 3 (December 1931): pp. 33-36, pp. 35-36 (ill.). Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 224. [as Predella: Fall of Lucifer.] Berenson, B. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 192. Wehle, H. A Catalogue of the Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings 1. New York, 1940, p. 52. Lauts, J. Domenico Ghirlandaio. Vienna, 1943, p. 50, no. 33, pl. 33. Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 52, no. 86. Davies, M. The Earlier Italian Schools. London, 1951, pp. 169-171, note 5, no. 2902. Flight, Fantasy, Fact, Faith. Exh. cat., Dayton Art Institute. Dayton, 1953, no. 91 (ill.). Paatz, W. and E. Die Kirchen von Florenz 2. Frankfurt, 1955, pp. 278, 282-283. Davies, M. The Earlier Italian Schools, 2nd ed. London, 1961, pp. 218-220, no. 2902. Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School 1. New York, 1963, p. 74. [as studio work.] Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts: A Checklist of the Paintings Acquired Before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 44. Zeri, F. and E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: Florentine School. A Catalogue of the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1971, p. 130. Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of Pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. Cambridge, MA, 1972, p. 82. [as School of Ghirlandaio.]

Rights Status

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Saint Michael and the Angels at War with the Devil, between 1448 and 1494, tempera on wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 25.205.