Definition of Prix de Rome in English:

Prix de Rome


  • A prize awarded annually by the French government in a competition for artists, sculptors, architects, and musicians.

    • ‘He received a Prix de Rome in 1948 and while in Italy (where he became friends with Philip Guston), he developed an abstract vocabulary.’
    • ‘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.’


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


Prix de Rome

/pʀi də ʀɔm//ˌpriː də ˈrəʊm/