Palais des Papes, Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France
The monument’s interior was almost entirely decorated by Matteo Giovannetti at the request of Clément VI. The official painter created major compositions testifying to the attempts at bridge-building between Avignon and Rome: the Saint-Martial Chapel and Saint-Jean Chapel.
Master in the art of frescoes, Giovannetti invented his own language. His virtuosity and his perfect and innovative mastery of portraiture enabled him to create works dedicated to the prophets Saint-Jean and Saint-Martial.
The whole palace contains numerous treasures, as much architectural as pictorial. In Clément VI’s apartments, for example, can be found previously unseen naturalistic decor representing a dark forest and many hunting and fishing methods.
Today, all this work represents a panorama of painting from the mid-14th century which is unique in France. Over the course of a visit, you will be able to explore the great chapel of Benoît XII, the papal apartments and the great staircase, among other things.
Even if you spend hours wandering around admiring these masterpieces of religious art, the place is so vast and rich that you are unlikely to cover more than 40% of the palace.
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