Rennes le Chateau’s Sermon on the Mount mural is archetypal therapy

The back wall of St Magdalene church in Rennes le Chateau is dominated by a relief group of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. Abbe Sauniere had contracted artists from Italy to paint commercial casts of statues, dictating some background scenes and revisions, apparently to transpose Biblical episodes into a localised landscape ‘sermon’. Archetypes in the relief group artwork are listed, and compared to three other Sermon artworks (by Gustav Dore, Bloch, and another), in this article from Stoneprint Journal 6.