Vaux le Vicomte
The French chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte was built in just five years from 1657 to 1661 by Louis XIV's Minister of Finance Nicolas Foucquet, halfway between the royal summer houses of Vincennes and Fontainebleau. Designed by Louis Le Vau, decorated by Charles Le Brun and with gardens laid out by Andre Le Notre, the house was still partially unfinished on the 17th August 1661 when Foucquet invited the King to the celebrated reception that was followed almost immediatley by Foucquet's arrest. Within weeks, the house was under judicial seal, the team of craftsmen disbanded or removed to Versailles and Foucquet was in prison.Despite its politically unstable history and the threat of demolition during the French Revolution, Vaux has survived remarkably unaltered and intact.
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Foreword by Marc Fumaroli
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Achille Duchene alcove Alfred Sommier Anguier antechamber apartment architect architecture artists attributed Belle-Isle bottom Brun's built canal chambre des Muses Charles De Wailly Charles Le Brun Chateau de Vaux-le chateau of Vaux Claude Venard Clelie Colbert Cordey court courtyard side cupola decorative scheme depicted dining-room Drawing and engraving Drawing by Charles drawing by Rudolf eighteenth century Engraving by Israel engraving by Rudolf entertainment famous Field Marshal floor Fontaine Foucquet France Francois Mansart French garden facade garden side gardens at Vaux Graphic Arts Department grille d'eau grotto Hercules Hotel Lambert Israel Silvestre Jacques Jean king Louis Le Vau Louis XIV Louvre Madeleine de Scudery main building Maincy Mansart marquise Mazarin Morand Nicolas Foucquet outbuildings painted painter Paris parterres parterres de broderie pavilions portrait Poussin Praslin Prints Department Richelieu RMN-Photograph roof Rudolf Pfnor salon d'Hercule sculpture seventeenth century Silvestre's squirrel Superintendent's tapestry Vau's Vaux Vaux-le-Vicomte Versailles Vicomte View Villars