Exceptional wall paintings

Another feature of the paintings in the Châtel de Theys is their very high quality, both technically and stylistically.

From a technical point of view, we are dealing with the use of traditional know-how, based on materials that have been proven to be long-lasting, such as mineral pigments. This is why the decoration has resisted the vicissitudes of time very well and, after more than seven centuries in the open air, presents exceptionally vivid colors. It is obvious that a restoration would allow the brilliance of the colors used, typical of the art of the period, to be better highlighted.

As far as style is concerned, the paintings in the Châtel are again remarkable. They are reminiscent of the most beautiful illuminations of the late 13th century and are part of the “linear gothic” trend, characterised by fairly thick black outlines, which are reminiscent of enamelled goldsmiths’ work and which bring out the vigorously painted figures.

Moreover, the genius of the painter is seen in the way he brings the characters of the story to life. He knew how to animate each little scene with exceptional vivacity, making us forget the fragmentation of the narrative.

We are therefore in the presence of a very talented artist who has created a masterpiece that we are lucky enough to be able to contemplate today and have a duty to preserve for future generations.