GROUND FLOOR 6 - 10
Victor Martin Room (audioguide)
Art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
These two rooms will hold part of the rich medieval and Renaissance collections that include paintings, sculptures and art objects assembled by the Calvet Foundation over the previous two centuries.
Gold work: the Marcel Puech Cabinet
These treasures made in gold constitute the very heart of the collection given by Marcel Puech in 1986. Marcel Puech, an antique dealer born in the small village of Saint Izaire in the Aveyron, had forged a priceless collection of gold works which included extremely rare Spanish gold works. The essential of his collection is displayed here.
This room most probably was created during the last renovation work done in this Villeneuve-Martignan mansion prior to the French Revolution. It attests to the taste at the time for highly refined bucolic decor in stucco and plaster. The room is embellished with objects representative of the neoclassical (1750-1820) taste for “going back to Roman times”. Note a painting on a pleasant subject by Hubert Robert, deposited by the Louvre: “Tant va la cruche à l’eau...”
With help from the Calvet Foundation, the garden is currently being renovated, and will soon look as it did in the 18th century, with its pool and fountain.
In summertime, the garden serves as a very popular venue for readings during the Festival d’Avignon.