France: Haute Maurienne - paulsmit
'Beautiful detention-work.’

The most important work of art in the Église Saint Michel in Lanslevilard is the Autel du Rosaire (rosary altar). It was made in 1627 by Jean Clappier, born in Vincendières near Bessans, while he stayed the winter in a chalet at 2300 m altitude ... as punishment for seducing a girl from Lanslevillard. I've rarely seen such a beautiful detention-work! A bas-relief carved out of wood and painted shows a madonna with child, surrounded by a cloud full of putti, handing over rosaries to Saint Francis with Saint Clare of Assisi (at right) and Saint Dominic with Saint Catherine of Siena. Photo Paul Smit.