Nave, vault, northern side
- Global view : Heavenly Jerusalem, personification of the Virtues
The outlines of the characters as well as the foliated
scrolls have been drawn quickly, with a steady hand. The painter does not care
for details ; folds remain hasty and clumsy.
As the financial means of
the community were probably reduced, no expensive pigments have been used and
the range of colours is reduced.
The painter updates his manner in some
way, by the details of the costume (shoes, beret),
but the procedure is essentially archaic (bits of heads superposed to represent
a crowd, for example, or treatment of the grounds). However, the painter was not
the only one to perpetuate these procedures, in the early XVIth : that is why he
belongs to the alpine area, and also because he has chosen
ornamental patterns for the backgrounds and the
frames, that were really appreciated in the valley of
Anonymous, the painter of Notre-Dame de Benva has probably been trained in
Piedmont and has practiced his job as a journeyman, taking orders from rural
communities more sensitive to the content of the paintings than to the
innovative character of the technique.