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