A painting by Jean Jouvenet acquired by the Musée eucharistique du Hiéron in Paray-le-Monial

1. Jean Jouvenet (1644-1717)
Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
Oil on canvas - 129 x 96 cm
Paray-le-Monial, Musée eucharistique du Hiéron
Photo : Galerie Terradès

22/3/09 – Acquisitions –Paray-le-Monial, Musée eucharistique du Hiéron – This little known museum is entirely devoted to religious art and is already charged with a rich history. It was created in 1890 by Baron Alexis de Sarachaga and housed in a building erected especially for the purpose between 1890 and 1893 by the architect Noël Bion. After being managed by the chaplains in Paray-le-Monial for many years, it closed in 1993. Following its refurbishment, it was reopened in 2005 by the municipality.

The Musée Hiéron [1] recently acquired, from the Terradès gallery in Paris, a painting by Jean Jouvenet (ill. 1) with a very original iconography. Although the lamb commonly represents Christ’s sacrifice, it is rare to find, as we do here, the dead animal lying on the cross itself placed on the sacrificial altar (or is it a tomb ?). Several angels are praying around the lamb and recall those painted by Charles Le Brun in the Crucifixion with Angels at the Louvre. Jouvenet is clearly referring to this painter in the canvas. We would also like to point out that in 2004, Marie-Edith Cornélius donated three paintings by her father, Jean-Georges Cornélius (ill. 2), to the museum in Paray-le-Monial, a donation which was further enriched in 2007 with 45 canvases and six drawings (ill. 3).

2. Jean-Georges Cornélius (1880-1963)
Christ the King
Oil on cardboard - 80 x 69 cm
Paray-le-Monial, Musée eucharistique du Hiéron
Donated in 2004
Photo : Musée eucharistique du Hiéron

3. Jean-Georges Cornélius (1880-1963)
Jésus meets his mother
Oil on Plywood - 80 x 100 cm
Paray-le-Monial, Musée eucharistique du Hiéron
Donated in 2007
Photo : Musée eucharistique du Hiéron

Thanks to his daughter’s generosity [2], art lovers can today rediscover the work of this artist, a student of Gustave Moreau, then of Georges Desvallières to whom he had close ties.

Version française

Didier Rykner, dimanche 22 mars 2009


[1] The name comes from the Greek hieros which means sacred.

[2] The museum in Pont-Aven received nine paintings by Cornélius (see news item of 29/12/08). See also the article (in French) on the catalogue Peintres de la Bretagne et Quête spirituelle. A book has just appeared on the artist which we will review shortly on this site.

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