Apart from that kind of representations, showing a
a stronger devotion can lead to the representation of the saint's life.
It is precisely the case for Saint
Mary-Magdalen in Auron, where some episodes of her
life that have occurred in Provence are represented, such as her preaching to
the people of Marseilles or her death in Saint-Maximin.
Like her sister Martha, Mary-Magdalen belong to the group of saints of
Bethany, Provence's evangelists.
Her presence in the county of Nice proves the links between the two
Less universally revered, two
other saints are represented in Auron.
As bishop of Gap, Erige was coming back from Rome where he
had met pope Gregory the Great, when he was attacked by bandits in a place
called « Colla Longa » on the other side of the Tinée.
The legend says his horse miraculously cleared the five hundred metres
deep valley at one bound and found itself on the plateau of Auron, at the very
spot where the
chapel has been built.
The cycle of Saint Denis, the only
preserved one in the Southern Alps, illustrates the narration of the
Golden Legend, collection of lives of saints written by
Dominican Jacques de Voragine in the XIIIth century.
It thus both narrates the episodes about Saint Denis the
Aeropagit, Paul's disciple in Athens and those related to the martyr of the
bishop of Paris who had his head cut in the late IIIrd century.
This confusion between the two homonymous characters was frequent in
the Middle Ages.
The reason of the presence of this saint in Auron seems to be related
to the personal devotion of the donor.