The archangel Michael appears to Joan of Arc (1876) by the French painter Eugène Thirion (1839-1910).
Different from many other paintings Joan is here no warrior. She’s a poor girl spinning wool when the archangel appears. In the back is a heroic bugler to be seen.
So it’s above all a patriotic call to arms, which has to be put into the context of the lost war against Prussia in 1871.
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