In an old mansion classified as a Historic Monument, the museum presents two masterpieces of the medieval West: the PRECIOUS IVORY SCULPTURE OF THE VIRGIN A CHILD (circa 1310) and the CELEBRE TABLE OF THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN, d'Enguerrand Quarton (1453-54) and a panorama of French painting from the 16th to the 18th century.
3 rue de la République
30400 Villeneuve lez Avignon
+33 490 27 49 66
The mansion serving as a showcase for collections since 1986 is an urban palace called "livrée", built in the fourteenth century for high dignitaries of the Church. The monument today bears the name of Cardinal Pierre de Luxembourg, beatified, who according to tradition would have died in 1387, at the age of 17 years. In the seventeenth century, the palace was completely remodeled by Louis-François Royers Valfenière, famous architect Avignon.
The Museum's Collections: From the religious establishments of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, notably the Saint-André abbey and the Chartreuse of the Val de Bénédiction, the works constituting today the collections of the museum are the witness of the flourishing past of the city Cardinals.
A luxurious object: Carved in an elephant defense by a Parisian workshop in the 1310s, the Virgin in ivory, is an exceptional piece. Because of its size, the precious materials, the softness of the expressions, the refinement of the details, it is undeniably one of the most beautiful.
The Coronation of the Virgin, a masterpiece of the medieval West: painted by Enguerrand Quarton between April 1453 and September 1454, is the centerpiece of the collections. Executed for the funerary chapel of the Pope founder at the Chartreuse of the Val de Bénédiction at the request of the monks, it captivates the eyes as much by the shimmer of colors as by the organization of the space which combines, in the same image, the paradise , the world of men, limbo, purgatory and hell.
Famous artists: commissioned by the Carthusian monks to the most famous artists of their time, remarkable works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries complete the collection of paintings. Only these artists of great talent, such as Simon de Chalons, Philippe de Champaigne, Nicolas Mignard or Reynaud Levieux, were able to transcribe in their works the Carthusian spirituality without betraying it.
Visiting time (free visit): about 45 minutes
Museum on 3 levels and possibility of access by small lift.
April to October: 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, daily except Monday.
November to Tuesday: 2 pm to 5 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
and 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm on Wednesdays.
Closed in January, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 24th, 25th and 31st.
Thematic of the place
Musuems and monuments, Vaucluse Provence Pass, Avignon City Pass