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.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Paul Delaroche's two pictures at the Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection, located just north of Oxford Street in central London, has a huge and impressive collection of French art and artefacts.  Among them are these two famous 19th century interpretations of famous historical scenes painted by Paul Delaroche.  
The first canvas was the inspiration of the book 'Cinq Mars' by Alfred de Vigny.
The cardinal's barge leads Cinq Mars and de Thou down the Rhone to their execution on the scaffold in Lyon.

The deathbed of Cardinal Mazarin in 1671.

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