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.

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


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