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Pierre Plante

Calvary
From Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel

Artist

Pierre Plante
Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec, 1853 – Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 1930

Title

Calvary
From Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel

Date

1888

Materials

Polychromed pine

Dimensions

409.5 x 250 x 65 cm

Credits

Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1965.Df.1

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

This moving wayside cross was sculpted in a primitive, stylized manner by a farmer named Pierre Plante. It was erected on his land, on the southern rang of the parish of Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, in July 1888, after a procession petitioning heaven to end a plague of locusts ravaging the crops in the area. As the village's inhabitants recall, the inscription INRI was placed upside down – and stayed that way.

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