Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The picture of the year a century ago: the Maid of Orleans

a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years ... she embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in an unexampled perfection

22--the illustrated london news christmas nummer, 1958.--23
Paris Musee d'Art Moderne, 6 ft. high and 11 ft. wide.

The picture of the year half a century ago: Frank Graigs's moving masterpiece of France's national heroine -the meid of Orleans- riding into battle.

In 1907 just 13 years before the Maid was canonised as St. Jeanne d'Arc the picture of the year at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy in Londen was the couourfull masterpeice of Frank Graig's (1874-1918) entitled "the Maid", with her banner of snow has long provided inspiration for poets, writers and artists.

Bernard Shaw said, She is the most notable Warrior Saint in the christelijke calender and the queerest fish among the eccentric worthies of the Middle Ages.

Babelfish Sir Winston Churchill has described her a

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