'Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.’
Not only do the frescoes in the Chapelle Saint Sébastien in Lanslevillard reach an astonishing high artistic level, the colours have kept their original saturation as well. This most important work of art in the Haute Maurienne has been painted at the end of the 15th century by artists from Piemonte (now in Italy but then in the same country: Savoy). Its location may seem unexpected: a small village deep in the Alps. But the chapel is situated right at the start of the pass road over the Col du Mont Cenis, in those days one of the main connections between France and Italy.
The fresco shows the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem on a donkey, which is celebrated within Christianity at Palm Sunday. That's because people laid down branches of palm trees (although the fresco shows different trees, better suited for the European onlookers). People laid down cloaks as well. A part of the painted, coffered ceiling can be seen above the fresco. Photo Paul Smit.