The Miracle of St. Genevieve

Josep M. Sert i Badia1916

Maricel Museum

Maricel Museum
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

"The scene is known as the miracle of Saint Genevieve, as the miracle of the salvation of Paris from the Huns invasion leaded by Attila on the year 451, was also attributed to this saint. The panel refers to the one of the Big War episodes, The Marne battle that took place at the beginning of September 1914. This time, thanks to the collaboration of 1.100 Paris taxis that helped to the soldiers transfer to reinforce the front troops, the French army stopped German invasion that have arrived to the Marne river, on the north of Paris. We can see Saint Genevieve and Saint Louis (or Saint Dionysius) that take up the most part of the composition, below a thalamus hold by angels preceded by a female figure that could be “Jeanne Arc”.

At the lower part he represented the river, the endless taxis line that went to the front and at the right below angle, up a hill, the General Gallieni leading the attack. Despite the fact that the war still went on for four years."


  • Title: The Miracle of St. Genevieve
  • Creator: Josep M. Sert i Badia
  • Creator Lifespan: 1874/1945
  • Date Created: 1916
  • Physical Dimensions: 296 x 438 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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