Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon (must see)

The Musée du Petit Palais is a museum and art gallery. It opened in 1976 and has an exceptional collection of Renaissance paintings of the Avignon school as well as from Italy, which reunites many "primitives" from the collection of Giampietro Campana. It is housed in a 14th century building at the north side of the square overlooked by the Palais des Papes.

Named Petit Palais to distinguish it from the Palais des Papes, it was built before the Western Schism by Cardinal Bérenger Fredoli the Elder c.1318-20, with four wings around a cloister and a service court.

The building was attacked and bombarded during its use from 1396 to 1411 as a fortified citadel during the Western Schism, and was a wreck by the time the war ended. In the second half of the 15th century, Bishop Alain de Coëtivy and his successor, Giuliano della Rovere (the future Pope Julius II) carried out restoration work, giving the Palace more or less its present appearance by 1503. The Palace became known as the Palace of the Archbishop when the city was promoted to an archbishopric soon after della Rovere took office.

During the French Revolution, the palace was nationalised and sold off, becoming a Catholic secondary school in the 19th century and (from 1904 to 1976) a professional and technical school.

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Sight Name: Musée du Petit Palais
Sight Location: Avignon, France
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Avignon, France

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