Join us on a journey from Antiquity to the 20th Century to meet real and legendary heroic figures in twelve works from the museum's collections. Discover mythological heroes—notable for their fabulous adventures and their close ties with the divine world—and the sometimes controversial warriors of history who made their mark through their political or warlike acts. The narrative and symbolic scope of their destiny has made them inexhaustible sources of inspiration for artists. The audio tracks stored on the museum's audio guide expand on the work in the gallery.
Hearing the cries of the princess in the distance—whose turn it is to suffer this dreadful fate—George decides to face the monster, whom he brings down with his spear.
Hailed as a hero, he declares that he is the envoy of God. Faced with this miracle, the people then agreed to convert to Christianity.
The story of Judith, taken from the book of Judith in the Old Testament, is the subject of many paintings by Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Gustav Klimt.
In this scene, taken from the Old Testament, Judith brandishes the head of Holofernes, the Assyrian general whose army besieged the city of Bethulia. Through this murderous act, she liberates the city and saves its people.
An emblematic figure of the Hundred Years War, Joan was born around 1412 in Domrémy (Lorraine), to a family of wealthy farmers.
Affirming that she had heard supernatural voices ordering her to liberate France, she succeeded, in 1429, in persuading the Dauphin Charles VII to send an army to Orleans, which was besieged by the English.
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