When you think of Provence what comes to mind? olive groves, pretty villages, medieval towns, lavander, olive groves, markets etc... Yes it is all of that and more . Provence is also a destination for art lovers. On my most recent trip, I enjoyed visiting familiar places while making new discoveries. Here are some highlights:
Avignon Musee du Petit Palais
|Madonna and Child|
Palace stands is the Musee du Petit Palais. This was the private residence of the Popes in the 13th/14th century. This handsome building of warm colored stone has the most exquisite collection of early Italian Renaissance art as well as paintings and sculptures from the 15th century Avignon school. Some 300 work of arts adorned its uncrowded galleries and exhibit walls including works from the major Italian schools of Siena, Florence, Venice. Its most treasured piece is an exquisite Madonna and Child by Botticielli. To view this masterpiece, I highly recommend a visit of this gem-like of museum when visiting Avignon.
www.petit-palais.org (closed on Tuesday)
Menerbes Musee du Tirebouchon (Corkskrew museum)
Musée du tire-bouchon
Domaine de la Citadelle
Tel. : +33 (0)4 90 72 41 58
Chateau la Coste- Wine, Art and Architecture
|Chai at Chateau La Coste|
Designed by Jean Nouvel
produce red, white and rose using the grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Vermantino and Grenache. However, this estate is not your typical winery. Paddy McKillen, the owner , is a wealthy Irish
real estate investor whose vision is to produce fine wines in the midst of a unique artistic and architectural setting. For that he has called on world class architects to design the estate buildings-- the chai (designed by Jean Nouvel) an arts center and chapel ( by Tadao Ando) and a music pavilion (by Gehry Partners). To complement the permanent architectural structures, is an assortment of contemporary art installations by Calder, Bourgeois, Scully. Chateau la Coste makes for a most enjoyable visit where visitors taste wines, visit cellars and enjoy the natural setting while contemplating works of art.
Look for the upcoming Cezanne to Picasso- In the Footsteps of the Painters of Light Tour .
For you next vacation to Provence, visit me at www.enchanted-france.com
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