The Entrance of Joan of Arc into Orléans on 8th May 1429 by Jean-Jacques Scherrer (1855-1916) depicts the historic moment when Joan of Arc led the French troops into Orléans in 1429.
This painting captures the moment of triumph for Joan of Arc and her troops in their successful siege against the English forces. The painting, an oil on canvas, was originally painted in 1887. It is currently housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans, France.
The painting has become an iconic representation of the courage and bravery of Joan of Arc and the French people.
Joan of Arc (1412-1431 CE) was a French peasant girl who rose to fame as a military leader during the Hundred Years’ War. She was born in Domrémy, France. She led the French forces to victory at the Siege of Orléans in 1429 CE. She was later captured by the English and put on trial for heresy, culminating in her execution at the age of 19. She believed she was guided by visions from the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine to aid in saving France from English domination. She was later declared a saint by the Catholic Church in 1920 CE and is recognized as a heroine of France.
Jean-Jacques Scherrer (1855-1916) was a French academic painter, well-known and respected for his historical and religious paintings. He was born in Lutterbach in Alsace. When he moved to Paris, he studied under Pierre-Jules Cavelier in the studio of Félix-Joseph Barrias. He continued his studies under the guidance of Alexandre Cabanel (Napoleon III’s preferred painter)
Jean-Jacques Scherrer received accolades for The Entrance of Joan of Arc into Orléans on 8th May 1429.
While Jean-Jacques Scherrer is relatively unknown in our time, he was well received in the early 20th century. In 1900, he was made a knight of the Legion of Honour. Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, this title represents the highest French order of merit, both military and civil.