In the heart of the historic centre of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, in a listed mansion, come and admire two masterpieces of medieval art: the Coronation of the Virgin and a precious Virgin and Child in ivory.The Pierre-de-Luxembourg mansion: used as a showcase for the collections since 1986 is an urban palace called a "livrée", built in the 14th century for high dignitaries of the Church. Today the monument bears the name of the beatified Cardinal Pierre de Luxembourg, who, according to tradition, died there in 1387 at the age of 17. In the 17th century, the palace was completely remodeled by the workshop of Louis-François des Royers de la Valfenière, a famous architect from Avignon. The museum's collections come from the religious establishments of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, notably the Saint-André abbey and the Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction. The works that make up the museum's collections today bear witness to the flourishing past of the cardinal city. A luxurious objectSculpted from an elephant's tusk by a Parisian workshop in the 1310s, the ivory Virgin is an exceptional piece. Its size, the preciousness of the materials, the softness of the expressions and the refinement of the details make it undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. The Coronation of the Virgin, a masterpiece of the medieval WestThe Coronation of the Virgin, painted by Enguerrand Quarton between April 1453 and September 1454, is the masterpiece of the collections. Executed for the funeral chapel of the Pope Founder at the Val de Bénédiction Charterhouse at the request of the monks, it captivates the eye both by the shimmering colours and by the organisation of the space, which combines, in a single image, paradise, the world of men, limbo, purgatory and hell. Artists of great renownCommissioned by the Carthusian monks from the most famous artists of their time, remarkable works from the 16th and 17th centuries complete the collection of paintings. Only these highly talented artists, such as Simon de Châlons, Philippe de Champaigne, Nicolas Mignard or Reynaud Levieux, were able to transcribe the Carthusian spirituality in their works without betraying it.
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