This framed print of St. Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch shows the famed warrior-saint proudly holding her battle standard, a large banner with the names of Jesus and Mary amidst a field of the fleur-de-lis.
St. Joan of Arc herself said "I loved my banner forty times better than my sword. And when I went against my enemy, I carried my banner myself, lest I kill any. I have never killed a man." The favorite battle standard, one of three that Joan had made during her military campaigns, had a large image of Jesus in Benediction, holding a globe in his left hand, flanked by two angels carrying lilies. Joan also had smaller banners made with depictions of the Annunciation and the Crucifixion to mark her position on the battlefield. Her main battle standard is said to have been borne by her during the coronation ceremony of King Charles VI at Rheims; when questioned as to the appropriateness of this action during her heresy trial in England, Joan was remarked to say "it had borne the burden, it had earned the honor."
The artist, Albert Lynch, was a Peruvian-born painter who settled in Paris, France as an adult, following his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts. While Albert Lynch specialized in lush paintings of beautiful women in contemporary dress, his engraving of Joan of Arc conveys a steely feminine power that was striking to audiences both in his time and today.
This image comes as a fine art print under premium clear glass in a wood frame with an ornate dark and gold finish.
~Sizes listed are of the image only
( NW-4150-4 )