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Saint Giles Web

54 x 42 1/2, oil on canvas, 2010        $1,800.00

Giles was a Greek Christian hermit from Athens, whose legend is centered in Provence and Septimania from around 650 to 710.  He is one  of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.  As a hermit Giles first lived in retreats near the mouth of the Rhone and by the River Gard, today’s southern France.

He withdrew from civilization and lived in deep forest near Nimes, his sole companion being a deer.  This retreat was discovered by the king’s hunters, who had pursued the hind to its place of refuge.  An arrow shot at the deer wounded the saint instead, who afterwards became a patron of cripples.