Rouen News

Joan of Arc
Press release

Joan of Arc History Museum in Rouen The story of Joan of Arc is intrinsically linked with that of Rouen. It was here that she was tried and burnt at the stake in 1431 and, after a second trial in 1456, exonerated. The Joan of Arc History Centre will be housed in the magnificent 15th century Archbishop’s Palace, adjacent to the cathedral, where both of Joan’s trials took place. This €10 million project will combine a state of the art immersive exhibition space with comprehensive historical content. Transported into the heart of the Middle Ages, the visitor will be able to explore the myth and legend of France’s national heroine - Panorama XXL in Rouen The first and only Panorama in France, the giant 31-metre high rotunda (equivalent to a 12-storey building) offers spectacular 360° panoramic views of circular paintings by the German artist, Yadegar Asisi. Currently on display: Amazonia and then in spring 2016 Gothic Rouen in the Middle Ages with Joan of Arc as the central theme - Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen : scenes of Impressionist Life April 16 to September 26, 2016 Portraiture lies at the heart of this display of about 100 paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, Caillebotte, Fantin-Latour, Morisot, Cassat and many more. Sculptures, photographs and personal letters too will help lift the veil on the personal worlds of the great masters. Beyond a narration of the private lives of outstanding artists, this exhibition of masterworks will shed light on major developments in French society during the 19th century in terms of the status of women and children and the role of the artist.


Edouard Valère
Normandy Tourist Board