La Puisaye, a hilly region surrounded by ponds here and there, is in north central France. A town full of rich historic artifacts, Moutiers-en-Puisaye is a region of potters too, which is considered as a place good to stroll and to stay. The small town of St Fargeau and its famous castle is the main collection of its paintings and murals.

This cultural heritage fortunately enriched itself in 1982 with the discovery of an important collection of paintings in the parish church St Pierre de Moutiers Dependence of a very ancient priory, of which there are still vestiges in the village. The parish church, dedicated to Saint-Pierre, is located two steps south of the old abbey and was an outbuilding.

A large complex of its size, at first 200 square meters of paintings of different eras were cleared and restored in 1983 but also because it constitutes the only collection of gothic paintings of Romanesque Art. They may not be of exceptional quality, but the ensemble is said to be clear and harmonious and the drawings are found to be elegant and refined in the treatment of the numerous angels with original floral decoration. The choir and the apsidal chapels of the parish preserve paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bradley May

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