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The Palace of the Popes and Pont d'Avignon

1911 Carroll Beckwith Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on wood 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (22.2 x 14.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution 1974.69.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 5A


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This painting shows a view of the pope’s palace in Avignon, across the east bank of the Rhône River in southeastern France. From 1309 until the French Revolution, Avignon belonged to the papacy, a remnant of the schism that once left Europe with two popes, one in Rome and another in Avignon. On the left side of the painting is a Roman aqueduct, a reminder that the Roman Empire once extended into France. In 1910, Carroll Beckwith traveled through several towns in France, painting dozens of scenes like this one and capturing the effects of light and color on buildings, statues, and water.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - castle - Palace of Popes

Architecture Exterior - classical - aqueduct

Architecture - bridge - Pont d'Avignon

Cityscape - France - Avignon

Landscape - river - Avignon River

painting

paint - oil

wood

About Carroll Beckwith

Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917

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