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The Death of Saint Giles

Joan Reixach, Spanish (active Valencia), c. 1411, died 1485 or 1492

Made in Spain, Europe

c. 1450

Oil on panel

24 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches (61.6 x 59.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 305, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Inv. 337

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Giles was a seventh-century Athenian aristocrat who withdrew from the world to live as a hermit in southern France. He lived in solitude for many years, a deer his only companion, until hunters working for the local monarch discovered his refuge and he was persuaded to construct a monastery for Benedictine monks. Here Giles is shown on his deathbed: monks in mourning surround him, angels bring his soul to heaven, and the saint’s hind sits on the floor before him.

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