Éminence Rouge

The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Chinon in infra red by Bruno Thomé

Click on the picture for Bruno's Flikr page of his photography

infrared photo of the fortress in Chinon across the River Vienne
Hope Bruno doesn't mind a plug...


A photo essay of the Petit Château in the parc de Richelieu


Friday, 8 July 2016

Demolition of the Richelieu Chinon tracks - July 2016

thanks to Jean-Louis Laurence for the movie

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Cape and Rapier 2016

RichelieuArts 2016 starts


Le Goût is a four week long workshop that oscillates between Gastronomy and Representation. Both subjects require judgment, art and artifice. In the kitchen you will work on skills and menu, on discovering the palate of the Loire, while in the printshop you will transcribe these experiences into image and text, slowly building the plates to print a small edition book.
The course is in conducted in English. 
Course outcomes: to build judgment in matters of 'Taste', both gastronomic and aesthetic, to impart cooking and printings skills, to produce a menu, a public Banquet, a book and body of print work.


Monday, 4 July 2016

Villa Medici - The French School in Rome in a fantasy by Claude Gellée called 'Lorrain'

Seventeenth century taste exemplified by Claude Lorrain's fantasy picture that sets the Villa Medici (the current location of the French School in Rome) on some distant classical shore.
At sunset.
JMW Turner - where are you?

 now in the Uffizi Gallery Florence
Painted by Claude in 1637 while the château and town of Richelieu were actually being constructed...

hommage à
Annick L
créature du cardinal duc!

villa medici today

One of JMW's many ripostes to Claud


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Cape and Rapier details - 16 and 17 July 2016

Atelier Maison opens...

 Park Ki Ho

Ce qu’on laisse
après nous…
What we leave behind us...
(or 'That which one leaves after us')

 Vernissage - samedi 9 juillet 2016 de 18h à 20h
 Exposition overt du mardi au dimanche de14h-18h - 9 juillet au 23 juillet 2016
 Opening reception - Saturday 9th July 2016, from 6pm-8pm
 Open hours 2pm-6pm - Tuesday to Sunday - 9th July till 23rd July 2016

Atelier Maison

24 place Louis XIII   37120 Richelieu
02 47 97 33 63


Monday, 20 June 2016

Richelieu en Arts


From 18th July - that's NOW...

The tenth Fête de Musique de Richelieu

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Pour fêter dignement sa 10ème édition, le Festival de Musique de Richelieu vous convie à une série de concerts exceptionnels du 24 Juillet au 7 Août 2016.

Au programme cette saison 2016 : 

En ouverture, la Symphonie fantastique de Berlioz par l’Orchestre des Jeunes du Centre, dirigé par Marius Stieghorst, puis le pianiste toujours très spectaculaireFrançois-René Duchâble, qui fête cet été ses 50 ans de carrière, en duo lyrique avec une voix de mezzo dans un répertoire très français, et bien sûr Jordi Savall, dans une formation rare en trio avec percussions, et pour la 1ère fois au Château du Rivau.

Les concerts plus intimistes prendront eux place au Dôme (dans le Parc de Richelieu), avec des concerts de musique de chambre, avec en particulier le grand Trio de Schubert n°2, avec Nicolas Boyer-Lehmann au piano, puis 3 récitals pour piano, allant des Toccatas de J.-S. Bach aux Danses de Granados, ou aussi le violoncelliste Xavier Gagnepain, fidèle depuis la 1ère édition, en solo. 

Nous terminerons par le week-end baroque, avec en particulier 2 programmes lyriques très éclectiques, l’un aux accents sud-américains et l’autre centré sur Bacchus, et le Grand Siècle français, qui clôturera les festivités. 
Bons concerts à tous !
Nicolas Boyer et Gala Ringger, 
Direction artistique


To celebrate its 10th edition, the Fete de Musique de Richelieu invites you to a series of exceptional concerts, from 24 July to 7 August 2016.

The program this 2016 season:

To open: the Symphonie Fantastique of Berlioz by the Youth Orchestra of Region Centre conducted by Marius Stieghorst to follow the spectacular pianist François-René Duchâble, who will celebrate this summer his 50-year long career in a lyrical duet with the mezzo-soprano voice in a very French repertoire; and, of course, finally Jordi Savall, in an unusual trio with percussion - for the first time at the Château du Rivau.

More intimate concerts will take place in the Dome - in the Richelieu park - with chamber music concerts; particularly the second piano trio of Schubert with Nicolas Boyer-Lehmann, and three recitals for piano ranging from toccatas of J.S. Bach to Granados' dances, or with solo cellist Xavier Gagnepain, faithful to the Festival de Musique since its first year in 2006.

We will conclude with 'The Baroque Weekend',  with two very eclectic lyrical programs, one with South American accents and the other centered on the god Bacchus and the French Grand Siècle (18C), which will bring the festivities to a close.

Bons concerts to all!
Nicolas Boyer and Gala Ringger,
Artistic direction


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Festival of Chinese Cinema

Another Éminence ROUGE

ah....Gong Li!