Definition of Prix de Rome in English:

Prix de Rome

noun

historical
  • 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.’
    • ‘Nicky has a trained arts background, studying at Camberwell and Chelsea before gaining a Prix de Rome scholarship to Italy for her sculpture.’
    • ‘He received a Prix de Rome in 1948 and while in Italy (where he became friends with Philip Guston), he developed an abstract vocabulary.’

Origin

French, literally prize of Rome, because the winner of the first prize in each category was funded for a period of study in Rome.

Pronunciation

Prix de Rome

/French pʀi də ʀɔm//ˌpriː də ˈrəʊm/