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With an introduction by Christian Lacroix, this stunning volume offers an exclusive look inside the château that inspired Louis XIV to create Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte’s rich history began in 1641 when infamous French Finance Minister Nicolas Fouquet, the original owner, surrounded himself with the most skilled and talented artisans of the time: the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles le Brun and the garden designer André Le Notre, to create a perfect harmony between architecture and landscape.

Classified as a historical monument since 1875, Vaux-le-Vicomte quickly became a model of the artistic genius of the 17th century. This volume traces the château’s history from its creation through the Belle Époque, World War One and its public opening in 1968. Exclusive photography and documents offer unprecedented access and illuminate the extraordinary secrets of court life.

Written by Guillaume Picon; photography by Bruno Ehrs
List price £65, published by Flammarion

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