Saint George slaying the dragon in Pordenone

Saint George slaying the dragon in Pordenone

Rambling around the city during the Pordenone Legge Festival

Saint George slaying the dragon in Pordenone during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.

Today I arrived in Pordenone, an improvised visit to a university friend of mine that turned out to be an incredible opportunity to reconnect and discover how friendship can survive the years. During this trip I discovered how life brings back to you people that have grown in your same direction, people that will still understand you after the years have passed. At least this is what happened to me. All the people I met or met again during this trip where so aligned with what I am becoming. It is such an interesting perspective.

I took the afternoon to walk around in Pordenone, during the Book Festival called Pordenone Legge, an event that brings thousands people to the city for conferences and events related to books. Such a live and interesting opportunity to see culture at its best.

After rambling around, I took a small street to be alone and in front of me this column appeared, with at top this statue of Saint George and those men at its feet. I liked it so much that I decided to sketch it. And I discovered only later that it is actually part of a very important church of Pordenone: the Church of Saint George. Founded in the 13th Century, it became the second church of the town since 1588. The statue is actually at the top of the bell tower and it is a new creation by the sculptors Pierino Sam and Giulio Piccini in 1961.

Saint George slaying the dragon for me represents the idea of taking the responsibility to win over our fears. To face them and to learn from them. Because fears are there to teach us the directions we want to go. We fear only what we think is good for us, what we believe is our to reach. And the best thing is that once we jump on the other side of fear we can experience the thrill of flight.


Title of the painting ‘Saint George slaying the dragon in Pordenone’

Those paintings are from the Italia Grand Sketching Tour Collection, a series of original ink and watercolor paintings done on location during my 2019 tour to discovery the  Italian heritage. The paintings are also featured in the book about my motorbike Italian tour. 

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