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Die imaginierte Natur des Papstes – Die Chambre du Cerf in Avignon

Dieter Blume


In a private room for Clemens VI (1342– 1352) in the palace of the popes at Avignon, frescoes show a peaceful vision of nature with flowering trees, numerous birds, and hunting scenes. There is a strong contrast between the castle-like architecture of the tower in which the room is located and the expansive view of plants and animals offered by the paintings. All of the people in the frescoes are more or less youthful, some collecting fruits, some bathing, and others trying to catch birds or rabbits. It is a very selective impression of nature, with much left out. The experience of nature articulated in the same period by Francesco Petrarca uses very similar elements. Apart from all differences, the frescoes and the writings of Petrarca share a newly emerged interest in nature in the middle of the fourteenth century.

  1. Abbildungsnachweis: 1, 8, 10, 14 Renée Lefranc und Fabrice Lepeltier, Trésors peints, Chambres du Palais des Papes, Aix-en-Provence, 2013. — 2 Laclotte und Thiébaut 1983 (wie Anm. 2), 152. — 3–7, 9, 11 – 13, 15, 16 Fotos: Dieter Blume.

  2. Eine erste Fassung meiner Überlegungen wurde 2014 auf der Tagung Nahsicht, Fernsicht. Kunst und die Erfahrung der Natur in Italien vom 14. bis zum 16. Jahrhundert vorgetragen, die von Hans Aurenhammer und Kathrin Müller am Kunstgeschichtlichen Institut der Universität Frankfurt/Main ausgerichtet wurde.

Published Online: 2019-11-29

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