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'Temptations of Jesus.’

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.

In the fresco 2 of the 3 temptations are shown: at left the devil proposes Jesus to jump from the Temple of Jerusalem and see if indeed angels would save him. But Jesus replies you should never test God. At right the devil and Jesus linger on a high mountain, from where they can see all the kingdoms of the world. The devil asks Jesus to worship him; in revanche he would offer him the kingdoms. Photo Paul Smit.