GROUND FLOOR 1 - 5
The entrance gate from 1888 was made by Noël Biret, a renowned wrought iron artist, donor and collector. The architecture designed by Jean-Baptiste and François Franque is still clearly visible in the courtyard. Recently, four beautiful flame pots were added with support from the Calvet Foundation.
The entrance to the museum is to the left of the courtyard, to leave the Sculpture Gallery intact and free from any commercial accessories. Audioguides in French and English are available at the ticket window, free of charge.
Reception room and cloak room
Note the impressive flat arch ceiling (approximately 1750), a masterpiece by Jean-Baptiste and François Franque, the architects. This room displays 19th¬century views of Avignon by Paul Huet, Jules¬Romain Joyant, Isidore Dagnan and Leo von Klenze. The latter is best known as the architect for King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1825¬1848).
Northern Masters (audioguide)
This room opened in 2006 and displays the rich collection of Flemish, Dutch and German paintings at the Calvet museum.
Assembled in the 19th century, these works attest to the taste of collectors from Provence for the former Low Countries. In 1986, collector Marcel Puech left nearly fifty paintings from the Northern schools, which added significantly to this ensemble which is now an outstanding example of these schools.
Note the presence of German paintings rarely seen in France, such as Koerbecke, The Resurrection of Christ, 1456, purchased in 1834 from the art dealer Guérin, and the painting of the Cabinet of Paintings, signed by Frans Francken le Jeune (circa 1625), an outstanding work from Antwerp. In 2002, the Calvet Foundation acquired an exceptional work by Abraham Bloemaert, Christ bearing his cross (1622).
A monumental painting by Philippe Sauvan, Sovereignty hangs in the graceful staircase. The painting, from 1748, originally hung in the former City Hall and had been commissioned by the city to thank Pope Benedict XIV for his assistance during the famine.