Collection: St. Joan of Arc at Coronation of Charles VII

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres– c. 1854

This painting merges the style of Ingres' teacher Jacques-Louis David with that of the troubadour style. He began with a nude model, adding the clothes and armor.

The painting was first commissioned by the director of the Academie des Belles Artes in Orléans to commemorate Joan of Arc. It shows her at the coronation of Charles VII of France in Reims Cathedral, victorious and looking up to heaven, which she felt had given France the victory. To her right are three pages, the monk Jean Paquerel, and a servant. The servant is a self-portrait of the artist. The scene is marked by ambient light, sumptuous objects and rich colors.

Her feast day is May 30.