The Prix de Rome

By chance I came across an old and interesting site, The Prix de Rome Contests in Painting. The Prix de Rome was awarded for more than 300 years, from 1663 to 1968, to painters and sculptors (later prizes for architecture and music were added) who passed a rather grueling contest. For the painters, it lasted 106 days, the details are explained on the page.

The site is interesting in itself as well, for it is very old. The images date back to December 1995, which is probably when the site was et up. They are of course of rather low quality, 256 color GIFs at about 500×400 pixels, they had to be at a time when 640×480 was still a common screen resolution. But I really liked the style of the web design itself, with multiple small well linked pages. I liked it a lot better than the current site of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts.

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