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ID number:  BIRBI-63.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-1674)
Title / Object name:  The Vision of St Juliana of Mont Cornillon
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1645/50
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  49.5 x 41.2cm; 61.8 x 52.9 x 4.8cm framed
Provenance:  Charles Stirling, before 1826, in his collection at Cawder; moved to Keir, 1894; Lt. Col. William Stirling of Keir sale; Sotheby's Auction House, 3 July 1963 (lot. 51); Colnaghi; bought by the Barber Institute, 1963

Saint Juliana (about 1191-1258) was a 16-year-old nun when she began to have visions whilst praying. She interpreted the appearance of the moon, marked with a stain, as a rebuke to the Church for not having a feast day to celebrate the miraculous transformation of the bread and wine during the Mass. The feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, was first celebrated in 1246 following Juliana’s intervention.

Champaigne’s severe geometric composition may have been partly intended as a reference to the austere rule which Juliana instituted as prioress.

Notes:  Exhibited: Study Day: 'Philippe de Champaigne', National Gallery, London, UK, 21 September - 29 November 1992; 'Le Dieu Caché, Les peintres du Grand Siécle et la vision de Dieu', Académie de France à Rome, Rome, Italy, 18 October 2000 - 28 January 2001; 'Philippe de Champaigne', Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France, 27 April 2007 - 15 August 2007; Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 September 2007 - 30 January 2008; 'The Moon', Grand Palais, Paris, 1 April - 22 July 2019.

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