The event: FOUQUET & VAUX LE VICOMTE with Steve Harmer
Where: Vestry Hall, Marden
When: Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7.30pm
Steve Harmer, who took us on the highly enjoyable visit to Painshill Park in 2015, makes a welcome return to Marden to talk to us about the development of a new style of garden design in the 17th century.
The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French château located in Melun, 55 kilometres (34 mi) southeast of Paris.
Constructed from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle Île, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV, the château was an influential work of architecture in mid-17th-century Europe. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape architect André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of the “Louis XIV style” combining architecture, interior design and landscape design. The garden’s pronounced visual axis is an example of this style.
The chateau & its grounds were used as the home of the main villain in the 1979 James Bond film ‘Moonraker’, as well as featuring in several other movies. It has also been a venue for society weddings etc.