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.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Bacchus? - Obélix? - Mandragore? - Depardieu?

The keystone of the Orangery of the château de Richelieu built in the 1630s to designs by Jacques Lemercier has this blobby portrait in vine leaves? hop leaves? cut in the 'tuffeau' stone work. One can see many images incorporated, not just the hirsute face......

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