France: Chapelle Saint Sébastien, Roure - paulsmit
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’Devils in Roure.’

	The lower left wall in the St. Sebastian chapel of Roure, a village 45 km north of Nice, shows a group of devils who are leading a priest and a naked woman to hell. The devil on the right is taking away the aureole of the cleric while the one on the left is riding the woman as a horseman. The painting echoes a historic village scandal from 1427 in which Pierre Blanqui, priest of Roure, committed adultery with Delphine, the lawful wife of Jean Bovis.The fresco was executed in 1510 by Andrea de Cella, one of the so-called 'peintres primitifs niçois' (primitive painters of Nice). Photo Mick Palarczyk.