The Chapel of the Rosary,also known as "Chapelle Matisse" in Vence,is a sacred place entirely designed and decorated by Henri Matisse, an artistic marvel considered by the painter himself as his masterpiece.
It is a monument of sacred art unique in the world!
From 1948 to 1951, Matisse elaborated the plans of the building and all the details of its decoration: stained glass, ceramics, stalls, benign, objects of worship, priestly ornaments... For the first time, a painter creates a monument in its entirety, from architecture to furniture and stained glass windows. The first stone of the chapel was laid in 1949. The inauguration and consecration at Notre Dame du Rosaire took place in 1951.
"This work has required me four years of exclusive and diligent work, and it is the result of my entire working life. I consider it, despite all its imperfections, to be my masterpiece."
From the outside, the building is very simple in appearance.
It is only once inside that the Chapel reveals its splendour thanks to the reflection of the stained glass windows on the marble floor, and the three wall panels representing the Way of the Cross, the Virgin to the Child and St. Dominic. A gallery also reveals the behind-the-scenes of its construction, exhibiting sketches and two models of the Chapel, one as it is today, and the other as Matisse had imagined at the beginning of the project.
A place of worship for Dominicans, the Chapel is visited every day except Friday and Sunday (day dedicated to the service at 10am). During a visit, the sisters welcome you to make you discover this sacred place.
Rates 6 (5 groups from 10 people)
Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Annual closure from mid-November to mid-December.
Closing on public holidays.
|Monday||14H00 - 17H30|
|Tuesday||14H00 - 17H30 / 10H00 - 11H30|
|Wednesday||14H00 - 17H30|
|Thursday||14H00 - 17H30 / 10H00 - 11H30|
|Saturday||14H00 - 17H30|