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.

Saturday 23 May 2020

Mayor Martegoutte - 23 May 2020-25

Mayor Martegoutte with former Mayor Novelli

Tuesday 19 May 2020

PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAIGNE (1602-75) - Armand, Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) c.1625-42 RCIN 404757

This 'official' portrait of the Cardinal de Richelieu by Philippe de Champaigne is in the Royal Collection, in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

Though not acquired by George IV, this formidable portrait of Cardinal Richelieu, Chief Minister to Louis XIII and effective ruler of France, was hung by him at St James’s Palace. This is typical of King George IV’s interest in French history as well as French art and design.

First recorded in the collection of Queen Anne in 1705.


Monday 4 May 2020

Portraits of the Cardinal in London

The National Gallery, London