The Virgin Trampling Heresy
This group is one of the most famous in Toulouse related to the Counter-Reformation. It was commissioned by the Capitouls to commemorate the centenary of the expulsion of the Protestants in 1562. The composition is the same as that of Saint Michael Slaying the Devil which can be seen in the Gothic rooms, proof of the sculptor’s inability to develop other, more personal models. The wars of religion caused a great many casualties in Toulouse and throughout the region. Let us not forget the famous Calas affair, in which Voltaire took part.