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, 9 September 2011

Creating iconic images of the town of Richelieu

This blog tries to bring the architectural marvel of the cardinal's still existing cité idéale to a wider public, especially the world of les anglo-saxons.  One part of this objective is to put beautiful imagery of the town into the public realm, especially imagery that is free of any copyright fees, so that any casual reader can help these efforts of 'publicity and propaganda'.

There are many many photos on the blog which describe the town, and as they are mainly taken by the author, Abbé Henri Proust, they can be used without fear of copyright pursuit.

The Abbé has other skills as well as pastoral care of his flock and digital photography; today we offer his skill in CAD (computer assisted design), digital rendering and photo manipulation.

Below are three versions of a view a computer model of the town viewed from the south, rendered and tweeked in Photoshop.  They show the cité's church, the Châtellerault gate and the Halle viewed from the cardinal's parc, looking down the town's central axis, on the horizontal plane.




Click on the image to see a larger version. 

These images are easily downloaded and are quite detailed...

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