Avignon Cathedral: Sculptural group of the Calvary on the terrace of Notre-Dame-des-Doms



Virgin and St. John at base of cross with Christ, surrounded by four angels.Current photos show the grouping, but originals are now in Musée du Petit-Palais (?)

Probably it was essentially completed at the time of its consecration in 1101. The unaisled nave has five bays covered by a broken barrel-vault, with the exception of the easternmost bay, which carries a cupola and an octagonal lantern (probably added around 1130.) The west entrance porch was built in the late 12th century and leads into a barrel-vaulted narthex bay surmounted by a tall bell-tower, which was rebuilt in the 17th and 19th centuries. Cardinal Giacomo Gaetani Stefaneschi commissioned Simone Martini to paint frescoes (mostly destr. 1828) in the porch, of which a badly deteriorated Madonna of Humility (c. 1340; Avignon, Pal. Papes & Mus.) survives. In the 14th and the 16th centuries a series of lateral chapels was added to the nave. The Baroque tribune dates from 1671-1672, when the east end was enlarged and the original apse east of the cupola bay was replaced by a choir bay opening on to a polygonal apse.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Notre-Dame-des-Doms

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Cathedral

  • Sculpture, French

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Romanesque

Place of Creation
  • Avignon

  • Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France: Rue Notre Dame: Place du Palais

  • +43.950833,+4.813333

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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