The Death of Saint Giles
Joan Reixach, Spanish (active Valencia), c. 1411, died 1485 or 1492
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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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