Musee du Petit Palais, Avignon

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Art Museum
Musee du Petit Palais opened its doors in 1976 to showcase Renaissance-era paintings from Italy and the Avignon school of art. Examine artworks by Vittore Carpaccio, Carlo Crivelli, Benozzo Gozzoli, Raffaellino del Garbo, Lorenzo Monaco, Jacopo del Sellaio, Francesco Botticini, Enguerrand Quarton, and Josse Lieferinxe. The huge, majestic building is worth a look just for its architecture. Using our world travel planner, Avignon attractions like Musee du Petit Palais can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was enchanted by this museum which is full of Italian primitive paintings. At six euros (or three if we visited the Palace of the Popes previously), it's present. Indeed, for two hours, you can admire masterpieces of primitive Italians, collection that I had never seen before. There are also collections of religious objects (statues, recumbent...) and architecture (capitals of columns). See also, the magnificent frescoes from a House of Sorgues, dating from the 14th century. The Museum is divided into 20 rooms, with paintings by geographical area and chronologically. The two room is special: it's the pieces of the tomb of the Cardinal of Lagrange. The transition is to see but also the ceiling decorated room. However, this room, unlike the others, lack cruelly explanations. In the other rooms, laminated panels present the works and their origin in french, English, Italian... Room 3 has the particularity to present an impressive collection of altars dating from the Italy of the 13th and 14th centuries. The Siena part of room 4 presents parts of polyptychs. I was amazed by the crucifix of di Bicci in Room 5. Don't miss, in room 11, a work of Botticelli: the Virgin and child. But admire here by far as lighting is not top when you are near. The photos are permitted without flash, of course. This is what I could say about these places, well monitored, smartly occupying your time.
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  • It seems former Cardinal was originally built in the 14th century building. All are masterpieces of Renaissance Italy paintings from the middle ages, such as the works of Botticelli. Near the Vatican was crowded with tourists, but very few tourists here, was almost chartered status. I would really like the painting.
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  • For those who love primitive Italian painting or who wants to discover it, a visit to this museum is a must. The Palace itself is very beautiful and very well designed course. This museum gives a good idea of the splendour that was to decorate the Palace of the Popes at the same time.
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  • Great information, history, and wonderful atmosphere. However barely any staff speak English, and not every room has an English translated info card
  • I was fortunate to visit this place......an amazing architecture....
  • Date: 22/08/2016 site visit: Musée du Petit Palais Este Museum is found in one corner of the Esplanade where is located the Palace of the popes, exactly next to the mountain of Rocher des Doms. It houses mostly Italian and Provencal 13th century and paintings 16th. There are also Gothic and Romanesque sculptures. The entrance with the PASS card (free) is 3 euros.
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  • Interesting Museum for lovers of Italian art and religious art. I found the Museum too repetitive and dated in its pedagogical approach.
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  • I really liked the petit palais Museum, but it's pretty little immersive and interactive!
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