One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prize awarded annually by the French government in a competition for artists, sculptors, architects, and musicians.
- ‘Born in Budapest, he won a Prix de Rome in painting at age 15 and spent a year studying in Italy before learning engraving in Paris.’
- ‘During his career, he won a Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie.’
- ‘He received a Prix de Rome in 1948 and while in Italy (where he became friends with Philip Guston), he developed an abstract vocabulary.’
- ‘Nicky has a trained arts background, studying at Camberwell and Chelsea before gaining a Prix de Rome scholarship to Italy for her sculpture.’
French, literally ‘prize of Rome’, because the winner of the first prize in each category was funded for a period of study in Rome.
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