Cathedral at le Puy

Media - 1974.69.1 - SAAM-1974.69.1_1 - 46093
Copied Carroll Beckwith, Cathedral at le Puy, 1911, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution, 1974.69.1
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Artwork Details

Title
Cathedral at le Puy
Date
1911
Dimensions
13 3410 18 in. (34.925.8 cm)
Credit Line
Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape — France — Le Puy
  • Architecture — religious — church
Object Number
1974.69.1

Artwork Description

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame at le Puy was built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and was a major pilgrimage site in the late 1500s. James Carroll Beckwith and his wife made their own “pilgrimage” to France in 1911, with stops in Avignon, Nîmes, and le Puy. (Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999) He painted this scene on the spot one July afternoon and captured the fleeting summer light as it pierced the gray clouds and made the medieval rooftops glisten.