Female Corporeality and Religion 2023

Online Art Exhibition


Joan of Arc

Yaryna Movchan


Board, levkas, gilding, egg tempera

D 35 cm





In my work "Joan of Arc", I embodied the courage of a 15th century young maiden-warrior. She sought justice and bravely pursued her goal. Unfortunately, her heroic determination was halted by an unjust arrest and martyrial death through burning at the stake on 30th May 1431. She was accused of heresy, "blasphemy" and wearing men's clothing. Twenty-five years later, in 1456, the Inquisition court reviewed Joan's case and overturned the verdict, acknowledging that it was erroneous due to deception and procedural errors. Joan was honoured as a martyr, and in 1920 she was declared a saint. I think she can be seen as an inspiration to Ukrainian women warriors today.


Yaryna Movchan

Yaryna Movchan (b.  1982) is a Ukrainian artist who has participated in over 50 group exhibitions, as well as various international open-air events and symposia, both in Ukraine and overseas. She has held 5 solo exhibitions to date. Her works can be found in private collections in countries such as Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK.

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