This panel is one of two scenes from the Legend of Saint Germain of Paris. Here Germain appears posthumously in a dream to a monk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, exhorting the brother to maintain his faith. The figures dominate the compositions, fully commanding the dark blue ground against which they are placed. Details of the setting are minimal, lending a sense of the otherworldly to the vision, and forms are suggested by color masses, contrast of tone, and painted line. A series of concave curves and an ashen face turned away from the specter of the saint bring drama to the monk's pose.
From the former Lady Chapel of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York (sold 1973)]
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