En avant!

By woolybill1
As one follows a darkened corridor in the wonderful new Musée de la Grande Guerre du pays de Meaux a large painting appears. It is also reflected in a huge mirror that hangs at an angle above, which is of course what I chose to photograph.
The painting, owing much to Delacroix, depicts the spirit of Joan of Arc leading the French army into battle. The young lady in the scarf was sitting on a bench in front of the painting.

Special thanks to the gentlemen who contributed limericks when commenting on yesterday's upload. You know who you are!

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2015 8:54AM
What a beautiful image with great attention to detail SmileSmileSmileSmile
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.1k 162 England
8 Jan 2015 9:21AM
Excellent spot, Bill. The spirit lives on.

Can't help feeling they were a bit harsh burning her at the stake for cross-dressing though...

cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
8 Jan 2015 9:26AM
The young lady seems deep in thought Smile
franken Plus
19 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2015 10:42AM
Superb capture, Bill.

Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
8 Jan 2015 1:23PM
Inspired composition!!!!!
jadus 10 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2015 2:17PM
Brilliant, and very pertinent.

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
8 Jan 2015 2:35PM
Not so much a scarf Bill,
but I think she has the
Bayeux Tapestry around her neck !!
A fine mono shot.
8 Jan 2015 2:47PM
Seeing as how she's a spirit, there's no chance she'll get pronged, so she didn't really need the armour.
So probably just showing off. But of course, she was French.Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
8 Jan 2015 4:02PM
Very intriguing! Like the unusual viewpoint....looks like the girl's fallen asleep too! Wink
Trev Smile
8 Jan 2015 5:38PM
A fantastic image Bill, intriguing and fascinating. The strength of the image is intensified by your processing, and works SO well. The original comp' being excellent as usual Smile

IsabelC 8 51 10 Denmark
8 Jan 2015 6:33PM
Very interesting perspective...especially with Joan looking up, feminine but powerful and ready for the fight whereas the girl is looking down, making herself somehow small as if she wants to hide, be invisible...

Isabel Smile
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
9 Jan 2015 11:28AM
Very intriguing !!!
Rende 15 38 4 Netherlands
11 Jan 2015 11:38AM
Wonderfully intriguing; excellent with the two juxtaposing ladies.

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