St. Joan of France: The Iconography

In Bourges, in [the then Duchy of] Aquitaine, St. Joan of Valois, Queen of France, foundress of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is famous for her piety and her devotion to the Cross. She was added to the calendar of saints by Pope Pius XII. – Roman Martyrology for February 4

Joan of Valois was the daughter of Louis XI and wife of her cousin Louis XII. The marriage was annulled in 1498, and three years later she founded the Order of the Annunciation. She was canonized in 1950.1

Etienne Parrocel's The Death of St. Joan of France (oil on canvas, at right) is in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.

She may also be the saint represented on the right in this stained glass window in Kelheim Cathedral, Germany:

(See this page for a study of this image.)

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University. Revised 2017-11-29.



  • Feast day: February 4
  • Lived 1464-1505


  • Also called St. Joan of France. After the annulment she was styled Duchess of Berry.



1 Butler, I, 252-3.