Charlemagne confesses to Saint Giles

Master of the Pallant-Altararound 1480

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Nuremberg, Germany

The hermit Giles lived together with a doe in southern France until the king’s hunters accidentally shot him with an arrow, thus discovering him. In compensation the king had a monastery built for Giles in St. Gilles in France. In the Middle Ages he was one of the most revered saints and legend has it that even Charlemagne, who lived 100 years later, asked for his intercession.


  • Title: Charlemagne confesses to Saint Giles
  • Creator: Master of the Pallant-Altar
  • Date Created: around 1480
  • Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Special exhibition "Heroes, Martyrs, Saints" (April 2019 to October 2020); Departement "Painting till 1800"
  • Location Created: Lower Rhine
  • Provenance: Acquired by Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
  • Materials and Technique: nut tree wood

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