The May of 1637, painted by Laurent de La Hyre, recounts an episode in the life of Saint Paul. While he was a Roman soldier who persecuted Christians, he was temporarily blinded by a vision of Christ while travelling to Damascus. Thanks to the success of de La Hyre’s first work, he was asked to paint The Conversion of Saint Paul. His taste for landscape painting is seen in the light of the sky. The painting hung in the Sainte-Anne de Notre Dame chapel. Additionally, a preparatory drawing for the painting is kept at the Louvre Museum, in the graphic arts department.

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The Conversation of Saint Paul

by Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris


The May of 1637, painted by Laurent de La Hyre, recounts an episode in the life of Saint Paul. While he was a Roman soldier who persecuted Christians, he was temporarily blinded by a vision of Christ while travelling to Damascus. Thanks to the success of de La Hyre’s first work, he was asked to paint The Conversion of Saint Paul. His taste for landscape painting is seen in the light of the sky. The painting hung in the Sainte-Anne de Notre Dame chapel. Additionally, a preparatory drawing for the painting is kept at the Louvre Museum, in the graphic arts department.