France: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, La Tour-sur-Tinée - paulsmit
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’Arrival in Jerusalem.’

	The first of twenty panels depicting the Passion of Christ in the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs at La Tour shows Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To honour him people spread their cloaks on the ground and also lay down branches of trees. The gospel of John specifically mentions palm fronds (hence Palm Sunday) but in northern climates substitutes like yew, willow or box were often depicted.
The fresco was executed in 1492 on the chapel's left wall by Currand Bravesi and Guirard Nadal, two of the so-called 'peintres primitifs niçois' (primitive painters of Nice). 
La Tour sur Tinée is a village in the French Alps, 30 km north of Nice. Photo Mick Palarczyk & Paul Smit.