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A Huguenot (A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day)A Huguenot (A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day)
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A Huguenot (A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day)

1852
Oil on Canvas

It depicts a pair of young lovers in an embrace. The familiar subject is given a dramatic twist because the "embrace" is in fact an attempt by the girl to get her beloved to wear a white armband, declaring his allegiance to Roman Catholicism. The young man gently pulls the armband off with the same hand with which he embraces the girl. The incident refers to the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 when French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, leading to other massacres elsewhere in France. A small number of Protestants escaped from the city by wearing white armbands.
Size:
92.71 cm × 64.13 cm (36.5 in × 25.25 in)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Huguenot
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