Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta
King Clovis Accepts Christianity

16th century
St. Remigius Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

This is one of a set of large frescoes in the chapel by Siciolante and Jacopino del Conte tracing the conversion of Clovis and his court to the Christian faith.

St. Remigius can be seen in the background curing the blind man, an episode from the legend that befits the king's resolution in the main scene to accept Christ and reject the idolatry symbolized by the broken statue at his feet.

In the foreground we see Clovis's Christian wife Clotilde, who had heretofore been unsuccessful in her attempts to convert him.

The label provided in the church treats this episode as antecedent to Clovis' victory over the Alemans, and a consequence of it. But in the Golden Legend the king resolves that he will become a Christian if he wins the battle; when Christ delivers the victory, Clovis keeps his vow.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.