The Palace of the Popes and Pont d'Avignon

  • Carroll Beckwith, The Palace of the Popes and Pont d'Avignon, 1911, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution, 1974.69.10

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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.

Title
The Palace of the Popes and Pont d'Avignon
Artist
Date
1911
On View
Dimensions
8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (22.2 x 14.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – France – Avignon
  • Landscape – river – Avignon River
  • Architecture – bridge – Pont d'Avignon
  • Architecture Exterior – castle – Palace of Popes
  • Architecture Exterior – classical – aqueduct
Object Number
1974.69.10
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