Saint Robert of Molesme: The Iconography

In the monastery of Molesme, in Gaul, St. Robert. He was the first Cistercian abbot. – Roman Martyrology for April 29

St. Robert founded the monasteries at Cîteaux and Molesme that laid the groundwork for the Cistercian Order. The few images of him that I have seen have him in the Cistercian habit but do not use any other identifying attributes. One statue does show him holding models of his two monasteries.

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, revised 2015-11-13.


Odazi, Altarpiece of St. Robert, 1726 (See the description page.)


  • Feast day: April 29
  • Lived circa 1029-1111