'Christ's agony at Gethsemane.’
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 a scene from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus is seen praying and receiving strength from an angel on the Mount of Olives, while his discipels sleep, prior to his betrayal and arrest. Photo Paul Smit.