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DROUET, Gervais

The Virgin Trampling Heresy

La Vierge foulant l'hérésie par Gervais Drouet, avant 1662
Date : 1662 avant
Designation : groupe relié
Field : Sculpture
Material : Pierre
Technique : Taille directe
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 60 Hauteur : 152 Profondeur : 51
Location : Exhibited
Room : église
Inventory number : RA 867

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.

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