Tuesday, October 22, 2013

History Of French Baroque



During the 17th Century there were Three monarchs who ruled France and were involved in architecture during the century:

Henri IV (1589-1610)
Louis XIII (1610-1643)
Louis XIV (1643-1715)

    All of which were great patrons to the arts in the baroque era. In the architecture of the French Baroque the building should conform the social status and wealth of the patron.


      The most important notion for the principle of the architecture during this era is representational which projected beliefs and aspirations of contemporary society. The french architect did respected the ancient principles of decorum which included the exterior elevations, location of rooms, choice of materials and decorations of interiors. The Art of Planning was considered the most essential element and this contained three major headings, Ecclesiastical edifices, Public building and Private dwellings.

      Palace of Versailles, architect Louis Le Vau, Paris, France, 1624-1669



      Ch√Ęteau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis Le Vau, Maincy, 1658 to 1661


      Additional Information:
      http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/baroque-france.html
      http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/
      http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage