Photos from Art History in Southern France (part 1)

As part of SVA’s 2010 Summer Arts Abroad program, VCS department chair Tom Huhn led a two-week-long traveling art history seminar through Southern France that allowed students a firsthand view of the area’s rich aesthetic and cultural heritage.

VCS seniors Shannon Broder and Amy Kolenut were among the students who went on the trip. Shannon brought back over 700 photos, a few of which are presented below. She also wrote a dispatch for Visual Arts Briefs, which can be found at this link.

The original course description on the SVA Summer Arts web page provides an excellent overview of what the trip was all about: “This two-week program will immerse participants in the grandeur of Provence through an on-site study that explores the Roman ruins, and architecture from the Romanesque period, and the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as works by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne, among other artists. We will visit Arles, where Van Gogh’s “Yellow House” once stood, and Saint Remy-de-Provence, where he painted Starry Night. Additional excursions with on-site lectures to Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, Orange and Les Baux de Provence will complement classroom study. In addition, time will be reserved for students to draw, paint and photograph on location. Participants will stay in the heart of the medieval walled city of Avignon, one of the most beautiful and historically important cities of the region. Walking tours within Avignon, such as the renowned Popes’ Palace are also included. Classes are held Monday through Friday; the weekend is yours for travel, or to discover the fabulous selection of street markets, cafes and cultural activities that are available in Avignon and its surrounding villages.”

The photos below cover many of the places the group visited, including cathedrals, plazas, and archeological sites throughout the regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon.

I will post more images from the Art History in Southern France trip later this week, including visits to places where Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne lived and worked.

The SVA group in front of the Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in Avignon, a massive Medieval fortress built between 1335 and 1364.

In front of the Palais de la Monnaie (Mint Palace), which sits right across the plaza from the Popes' Palace.

The Popes' Palace at night.

A building with trompe l'oeuil windows painted into recessed niches in its facade. There are paintings like this throughout Avignon, created by many different artists.

The awesome cakes of Avignon.

Tom Huhn stands beneath the Triumphal Arch of Orange, which was built circa 27 CE and restored in the 1850s.

The Théâtre antique d'Orange, an ancient Roman ampitheater built in the 1st century.

A view from the top of the Théâtre antique d'Orange.

VCS student Amy Kolenut in the ruins of an ancient Roman domus (residence) at Vaison-la-Romaine.

A group photo of the Art History in Southern France students. Shannon Broder is on the far left, and Amy Kolenut is near the center.

Ancient Roman glassware in the Archeological Museum at Vaison-la-Romaine.

Tom Huhn at the site of the Roman bridge over the Ouvèze River in Vaison-la-Romaine.

Stopping for lunch along the way.

Crossing the Pont du Gard, a massive 1st-century Roman aqueduct between Nîmes and Uzès.

One of many shops in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, a village near Uzès known since the 12th century for its ceramics.

A potter's notebook.

The palace of the Duchy of Uzès, which became the first French ducal peerage in 1572. Much of the palace is still in use, occupied by the 17th Duc and Duchesse de Crussol.

The Arts Abroad group pauses in the Place aux Herbes, the main square in Uzès.

The next post will cover several more historical sites spanning the Middle Ages to the 19th century, including visits by the group to Arles, Mont Saint-Victoire, Aix-en-Provence, and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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