16 Works, RELIGIOUS ART – January 3, is Saint Genevieve’s Day, With Footnotes – 162

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, 1824–1898)
L’enfance de Sainte Geneviève , c. 1874–1874

Oil on Canvas
52 x 102.3 cm. (20.5 x 40.3 in.)
Private collection

St. Genevieve (422–512), was born at Nanterre, a village on the outskirts of Paris, during the time of Attila the Hun. She was a shepherdess, the only child of Severus and Gerontia, hardworking peasants. She was seven years old when Saint Germanus, bishop of Auxerre, was visiting the village with Saint Lupus, on their way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. Seeing Genevieve in the crowd, Bishop St. Germain laid his hands on her head, and asked if she wanted to give herself to the Lord. Genevieve said “Yes!” Her mother opposed her decision, which angered Genevieve tremendously…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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