The Petit Palais Museum presents paintings and sculptures of the "School of Avignon" from the 14th and 15th centuries. By their quality, theese artworks have their place near the masterpieces if the great Italian Schools.
The School of Avignon had its pinnacle at the end of the 14th century, when Provence was under the reign of King René, an art lover. Since the settlement of the popes, Avignon was a cosmopolitan place where artists from all of Europe met.
The School of Avignon developed from the Italian and Flemish traditions, the two main centres of medieval painting. The Avignon art offers a good synthetis of theese influences. It combines the Italian finesse and sensitivity for chiaroscuro with the Flemish severity and expressivity