[FRANCE.ALPSSOUTH 29796] ’Emperor Diocletian and St. Sebastian at Venanson.’
’Emperor Diocletian and St. Sebastian at Venanson.’
The first of twelve panels depicting the life of St. Sebastian in the Chapelle Saint-Sébastien at Venanson shows Roman Emperor Diocletian (left) appointing a kneeling Sebastian as captain of his Praetorian Guard. At this moment the Emperor, who was a persecutor of Christians, was unaware that Sebastian adhered to the Christian faith.
The mural was executed in 1481 by Giovanni Baleison, one of the so-called ‘peintres primtifs niçois’ (primitive painters of Nice.) This chapel is one of a series of chapels placed at the entrance to villages to protect their inhabitants against the plague.
Venanson is a village in the French Alps, 40 km north of Nice. Photo Paul Smit.
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