Beautiful French silk jacquard picture of Joan of Arc in her early days, as a shepherdess, by Neyret Freres after a painting by Fernand Lematte entitled Joan of Arc Hearing the Voice ( Jehanne d'Arc écoutant les voix ). Joan of Arc was a country girl who never learned to read nor write but was skilled in sewing and spinning. From a young age she was a pious and serious girl that inspired respect. She testified that she heard the voice of God telling her to lead the Armagnacs (the party of Charles VII, King of France) against England and their allies the Burgundians. With no military training she led the French army to victory liberating Orleans from siege, hence she is often referred to as the Maid of Orleans. She was later captured by the enemy. As she could not be prosecuted for defeating them she was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake at age 19, in the year 1431. St. Joan was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV and is a symbol of French unity and nationalism. Jacques François Fernand Lematte, born July 26, 1850 in Saint-Quentin and died in 1929, was a classically trained French painter who painted historical, classical and religious subjects in the academic style. Early in his career he was awarded the Prix de Rome, for his painting The Death of Messalina, which entitled him to work from 1871 to 1874 in the Villa Medici in Rome. Neyret Freres started out as a small ribbon manufacturer in St. Etiene, France in 1825 and later expanded its product range to include artistic tapestries. One of the founder's descendants said that it took more than 12 different shades of grey silk to achieve the tonalities of a Neyret Freres silk tapestry. Comes matted and framed ready to display. This kind of woven silk Jacquard tapestry picture is often referred to as Stevengraph after Thomas Stevens, a 19th-century weaver from Coventry. In very good condition as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: The Joan of Arc hearing voices tapestry came in three sizes, this is the medium size listed as 35 cm by 18 cm (13 3/4" by 7 1/16"). Frame: 17 1/4" by 10 7/8" (43.82 cm by 27.6 cm).