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.
The local association, Richelieu 21 , has organised a coach trip to see the six canvases of this series of twelve, originally from the galerie of the Château de Richelieu (now long gone), that are to be exhibited at the municipal art museums of Tours and Orléans. The day out takes place on Saturday 19 March 2011. Six more paintings are to be exhibited in the cité idéale de Richelieu itself - no coach trip required!
L’exposition temporaire donne accès à la reconstitution du cabinet du roi et de la reine au Château de Richelieu, mobilier, peintures… The other temporary exhibition allows examination of the reconstitution of the King's and Queen's apartments at the château de Richelieu, furniture and paintings....
If one clicks HERE one can view two hour-long programmes on Richelieu, the man and the town.
They principally concern the restorations of the twelve huge battle scenes taken into the care of Versailles at the demolition of the Château de Richelieu itself in the 1840s.
The paintings have been painstakingly restored (some are still in process), and finally three will he housed in the art museum of Orleans, three in Tours and six in the town of Richelieu itself.
This web-log site is an English language sign-post to the current developments in this unique IDEAL CITY built originally for
Armand-Jean du Plessis,cardinal duc de Richelieu,
to designs of Jacques Lemercier and his brothers between the years 1631 and 1642 : to British readers in the rule of Charles I, and just before the English Civil War: to North Americans at the time of the French colonial initiatives in 'Acadie' (Nova Scotia) and of the English in Virginia.
The pretty walled and moated seventeenth century town of RICHELIEU remains today the most complete French urban design project of the age of King Louis XIII and the stories of Alexandre Dumas' THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
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