Images of Medieval Art and Architecture

France: Vézelay
Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

Nave: Historiated Capital
Conversion of St. Eustace


Right Side

Left Side

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Subject Matter

Placidus, a Roman general, was hunting when he encountered a white stag with a crucifix between its antlers. Eustace heard the voice of Jesus asking why Placidus persecuted Him. The general was converted, took the name Eustace, and was later martyred along with his family. For more details about the life and worship of this saint, click to read the descriptions of Jameson and Baring-Gould.


Placement within Floorplan Placement in Elevation

Salet: Number 17 Conversion of St. Eustace

South side of nave.

West side of third arcade piller.

From middle of nave looking south.

Related Material

Click here to see other Vézelay capitals showing the lives of saints.

Click here to see other medieval images of St. Eustace


Salet, p. 183.

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Created by J. Vadnal, August, 1998