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Joan of Arc Cultural Depictions

Joan of Arc has been inspiring artists for almost six centuries and many of the greatest artists in history have sought to memorialize her in a variety of artistic ways. One can only speculate at how many works of art devoted to Saint Joan have been created, probably tens of thousands, so the list below includes only the more notable works as recorded by history.

Literary Works About Joan of Arc

The Song of Joan of Arc in 1429 by Christine de Pisan
Poem about Joan written while she was still alive by her contempory.

Les Vigilles de Charles VII by Martial d'Auvergne
Liturgical poem written from 1477 to 1483 with series of miniture portraits about Hundred Years War

Le Procès de Condamnation et de Réhabilition de Jeanne d'Arc, dite la Pucelle
in 1841-49 by Jules Quicherat
Landmark translation of papers related to Joan by French historian Jules Quicherat in the middle nineteenth century.

La Pucelle d'Orléans in 1756 by Voltaire
Satirical epic poem where Voltaire misuses Joan of Arc to vent some of his hatred toward the Catholic Church.

Monk of Fife: A Romance of the Days of Jeanne D'Arc in 1895 by Andrew Lang
Fictional story by famed Scottish author Andrew Lange based upon Joan of Arc's life.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc in 1897 by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Fictional account of Joan of Arc's life by the author many consider as America's greatest story teller.

Joan of Arc by Herself and Her Witnesses in 1966 by Régine Pernoud
Biography by esteemed French historian that relies almost entirely upon the recorded words of Joan and her contemporaries.

Maid of Heaven: The Story of Saint Joan of Arc in 2007 by Ben D. Kennedy
Epic poem covering the entire life of Saint Joan and her legacy since her death.


Joan of Arc Plays

Henry VI Part 1 in 1588 by William Shakespeare
Play by Shakespeare loosely based upon Joan of Arc's life but not one of his better works.

The Maid of Orleans in 1801 by Friedrich Schiller
Written as a literary rebuke to Voltaire, Schiller's play has been well liked and was the basis for Tchaikovsky's Opera of the same name.

Saint Joan in 1923 by George Bernard Shaw
Famous play by George Bernard Shaw considered by many to be his greatest work.

Joan of Lorraine in 1946 by Maxwell Anderson
Play that the 1948 movie by Victor Fleming with Ingrid Bergman was based upon.


Musical Compositions devoted to Joan

Giovanna d'Arco in 1845 by Giuseppe Verdi
Opera by Verdi loosely based upon Joan's life.

The Maid of Orleans in 1879 by Tchaikovsky
Opera inspired by Friedrich Schiller's play of the same name.

Voices of Light in 1994 by Richard Einhorn
Choral orchestral composition inspired by silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc and frequently accompanied by film.


Paintings of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc at Prayer in 1620 by Peter Paul Rubens
Painting by Rubens of Joan of Arc in armor praying.

Jeanne d'Arc interrogated in prison by the cardinal of Winchester in 1824 by Paul Delaroche
Painting of Joan in prison by Delaroche.

Appearance of Saints Michael and Catherine to Joan of Arc in 1843 by Hermann Anton Stilke
Painting of Joan as a shepherdes with Saints Michael and Catherine.

Joan of Arc in Battle in 1843 by Hermann Anton Stilke
Painting of Joan with her banner on her horse in battle.

Joan of Arc's Death At The Stake in 1843 by Hermann Anton Stilke
Painting of Joan burning at the stake.

Jeanne at the coronation of Charles VII in 1854 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Painting of Joan at Charles VII's coronation holding her banner.

Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation in 1863 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Painting of Joan kissing her sword.

Joan of Arc at Prayer in 1865 by Sir John Everett Millais
Painting by Millais of Joan of Arc praying in her armor with sword.

The Departure of Jeanne d'Arc in 1870 by Jean-Jacques Scherrer
Painting of Joan departing Vaucouleurs to begin her journey to Chinon.

Entrance of Jeanne d'Arc at Orleans in 1870 by Jean-Jacques Scherrer
Painting of Joan riding through the streets of Orleans.

Jeanne d'Arc in 1876 by Eugene Thirion
Painting of Joan with the Archangel Michael.

Jeanne d'Arc in 1879 by Jules Bastien-Lepage
Painting of Joan as a peasant girl hearing her Voices in her garden.

Jeanne d'Arc, shepherdess in 1886 by Jules-Eugène Lenepveu
Painting of Joan as a shepherdess hearing her Voices.

Jeanne d'Arc in armor before Orléans in 1888 by Jules-Eugène Lenepveu
Painting of Joan at Orléans waving her banner and leading her men.

Jeanne at the Coronation of Charles VII in 1889 by Jules-Eugène Lenepveu
Painting of Joan at the coronation of Charles VII in Reims.

Joan of Arc in 1889 by Paul Gauguin
Painting of Joan with angel bringing her sword.

Jeanne at the stake in 1890 by Jules-Eugène Lenepveu
Painting of Joan being burned at the stake in Rouen.

Jehanne d'Arc et sa Garde Ecossaise in 1896 by John Duncan
Painting of Joan with the Scots Guards.

Joan of Arc in 1899 by Harold H. Piffard
Painting of Joan standing in armor with her banner.

Joan of Arc in 1908 by Gaston Bussiere
Painting of Joan as a young girl with her Voices.


Sculpture of Joan of Arc

Maid of Orleans in 1848 by Princess Marie d'Orleans
Statue of Joan standing with sword across chest.

Jeanne d'Arc à Domrémy in 1872 by Henri Chapu
Statue of Joan listening to her Voices in Domremy.

Joan of Arc on Horseback in 1874 by Emmanuel Frémiet
Statue of Joan on horseback riding into Orleans.

Joan of Arc on Horseback with Sword in 1889 by Paul DuBois
Equestrian statue of Joan on horseback with sword first erected in Reims in 1896.

Joan The Saint in 1900 by Prosper d'Épinay
Statue of Joan standing with sword donated to Reims cathedral in 1909.


Joan of Arc Films

Jeanne d'Arc in 1899 directed by George Méliès
Early silent film about Joan with hand tinted color.

Joan the Woman in 1917 directed by Cecil B. DeMille
The first film made about the life of Joan.

The Passion of Joan of Arc in 1928 directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Silent film covering Joan's trial consdered one of the greatest films ever made.

Joan of Arc in 1948 directed by Victor Fleming
Starring Ingrid Bergman and based on the play Joan of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.

Saint Joan in 1957 directed by Otto Preminger
Starring Jean Seberg and based on the play Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw.

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc in 1962 directed by Robert Bresson
Starring Florence Delay and covering the trial and death of Joan.

Joan of Arc in 1999 as Television Movie
Starring Leelee Sobieski covers the entire life of Joan.


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