St. Denis (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

late 15th century
limestone with remains of polychromy and gilding
Burgundy, France
Overall: 49 1/2 × 21 × 16 in. (125.73 × 53.34 × 40.64 cm)
Denis, the patron saint of France, here carried his head topped with a bishop’s miter. According to tradition, St. Denis was beheaded in Paris around 280, at the place now called Montmartre (“Martyrs’ Hill”). He was said to have carried his severed head to his place of burial, where the abbey church of Saint-Denis was later built.
An Exchange with the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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