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The Departure of Joan of Arc (Le Depart de Jeanne d'Arc), from The Story of Joan of Arc series
The Departure of Joan of Arc (Le Depart de Jeanne d'Arc), from The Story of Joan of Arc series
Not on display
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
233.7 x 424.2 cm (92 x 167 in.)
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Gift of the French Government

Exhibition History:

Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915
Museum of the Synodal Palace, Sens, 1922
Palais de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 1923
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 1957-1972, 1980 - 1996 or later

Mounted on a black horse, Joan advances from the left, leading her men. Her head is covered by a hood; long spurs are attached to her boots. Emerging from the trees, she reins in her mount before the vision of Saint Catherine. The saint’s right hand holds a sword, the point of which penetrates the neck of a fantastic dragon. With her left hand she points to a distant city on the horizon. The banderole with Gothic script must represent the saint’s words: TON CHEMIN EST PREPARE (Your way is prepared). Another inscription in a rounder script is at lower left: S’IL Y A DES ENNEMIS SUR MON CHEMIN. MOI J’AI DIEU. MON SEIGNEUR, QUI SAURA M’OUVRIR UNE VOIE POUR ALLER JUSQU’AU AU DAUPHIN, CAR JE SUIS NEE POUR LE SAUVER (Il there are enemies on my way, I have God, my Lord, who will be able to open a way for me to the Dauphin, for I was born to save him). The border is of holly branches, in keeping with the winter scene. The artist’s monogram appears in the lower right corner, the shield with three fleurs-de-lis in the upper right. In the right guard the RF and the large G with the vertical bobbin and threads stand for République Française and the Gobelins manufactory. Underneath is the date 1905-07. The GD in the group of weavers’ marks stands for Gaston Durand. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): p. 304.