Joan of Arc Death at the Stake by Hermann Stilke
Joan of Arc Death at the Stake by Hermann Stilke

Joan of Arc Death at the Stake

Joan of Arc Death at the Stake c1843 by German Painter Hermann Stilke (1803 – 1860) (Right-Hand Part of The Life of Joan of Arc Triptych).

This is the right hand part of The Life of Joan of Arc Triptych; which contrast sharply with the first as this powerful scene depicting Joan of Arc in the town center square, as she is being burned at the stake for doing the work of GOD.

In the surroundings we can see the church and buildings of commerce; while in the forefront we see the corrupt pope with his proclamation of her death in hand, watching along with other members of the clergy and noblemen; with a few true believers in the crowd morning the tragedy of her death sentence as she looks towards the heavens.

In the portrait Joan of Arc is dressed as simple peasant girl in plain garments with a plain wooden cross placed between a rope that goes around her waist binding her hands behind her back; and a large chain secures her to a large log that has a plaque with an inscription at the top.

She is on a wooden platform that is placed on a stack of alternating smaller wooden logs that have been set ablaze as smoke and flames rise from the bottom.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available online as a rolled print.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Anton Hermann Stilke was born in Berlin the Kingdom of Prussia on January 29, 1803 he was a German Painter studying at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts and then in 1821 studying at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under German Master Professor Peter von Cornelius (1783 – 1867).

From there he went to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf; where he painted along with German Painter Karl Stürmer (1803 – 1881) the unfinished fresco The Last Judgment in the Assisensaal in Koblenz.

In 1827 Anton traveled through Northern Italy on a study trip, arriving in Rome in 1828. Then in 1833 he returned to the Düsseldorf Academy, where he taught from 1839 – 1843.

From 1842 – 1846 Anton worked in the Knight’s Hall at Stolzenfels Castle near Koblenze on the banks of the Rhine River; and in 1850 he settled in Berlin where he died at the age of 57 on September 22, 1860.

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