A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte
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- Alexandre de Vog√º√© and Jean-Charles de Vog√º√©
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Vaux-le-Vicomte's rich history began in 1641, when infamous Finance Minister Nicolas Fouquet bought the estate and enlisted architect Louis Le Vau, decorator Charles le Brun, and garden designer Andr√© Le N√¥tre to transform it into a lavish residence. His extravagance piqued Louis XIV's jealousy, and he was thrown into prison for mishandling funds. The ch√¢teau inspired the design of Versailles, and was later home to the great chef Vatel, who famously died for his art. This volume traces the ch√¢teau's history from the seventeenth-century through the Belle √âpoque, World War I, and its public opening in 1968. Exclusive photography and archival documents offer unprecedented access to the ch√¢teau, furnishings, and gardens, and illuminate the extraordinary secrets of court life and centuries of celebrations that include the enchanting candlelit tours held today.