Art History in Southern France (part 2)

Today’s post features more photos from the 2010 Art History in Southern France trip led by VCS department chair Tom Huhn. For more information about the trip, check out the previous blog post.

The group stops at the Roman ampitheatre in Arles, which dates to the 1st century BCE.

The Cafe van Gogh in Arles, which Vincent van Gogh portrayed in his 1888 painting Cafe Terrace at Night.

The courtyard at L'Espace van Gogh, with van Gogh's painting of it in the foreground. This was the hospital where he was taken after he cut off part of his ear in 1889.

The group visits the Chapel of the Frescoes at Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction, a 14th-century monastic charterhouse near Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

A view of Monte Sainte-Victoire near Aix-en-Provence...

...and a reproduction of one of Paul Cézanne's many paintings of it.

The vast Gothic arches of Aix Cathedral's nave and choir.

The baptistery of Aix Cathedral, which dates back to the 6th century, about 600 years before construction began on the nave shown above.

Another scene from Aix Cathedral.

During one of the program's classroom sessions, Tom Huhn lectures on various sites visited by the group.

At the base of the cenotaph in Glanum, the ruins of an ancient Roman city 20 km south of Avignon. The relief shows a battle scene probably inspired by Homer's Iliad.

A full view of the Glanum cenotaph.

Inside the north sacristy of the Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in Avignon.

A view of Avignon from the top of the Palais des Papes. The facade of the Mint Palace (shown from plaza level in the last post) can be seen in the lower left.

A group photo taken on one of the towers of the Palais des Papes.

The cloister of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. By the 19th century the monastery had been converted to a mental asylum; Vincent van Gogh resided there from May 1889 until June 1990, just before his death.

The group arrives at the ruins of the Château des Baux, a 10th-century fortress in Provence.

A view from the top of the Château des Baux to the ruins below.

Life in the Middle Ages.

Trying out the stocks.

A view over Baux-de-Provence from the top of Château des Baux. A reconstructed catapult can be seen to the right of center, and a trebuchet is just visible at the far right.

Sunset in Avignon.

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