Friday, June 21, 2019

The Frescoes of the House at Sorgues

Sorgues is a town near Avignon that was part of the papal state during the "Babylonian Captivity" of 1309-1376. Some time during that period a person associated with the papal court built a large house in Sorgues and decorated it frescoes. They were removed in the 18th century and taken to the Louvre; now they are in the Petit Palais Museum in Avignon.

The frescoes come from two rooms. In the first, larger room they show a hunting scene in a forest.

In the smaller room they show a "scene of intrigue." Frescoes like these once adorned the homes of thousands of nobles and wealthy merchants across Europe, but almost all have disappeared. Which makes these quite special.

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