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Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Vaux-le-Vicomte

Quo Non Ascendet (What Heights Will He Not Scale

Architecture is the style of art in which spatial configuration is most important . The way in which the body of the building situates itself on the landscape , the way in which the building rises and falls with the horizon and the way in which Vaux-le-Vicomte 's facade and garden is what this essay will seek to explore . The Vaux-le-Vicomte is located in Maincy , was built in 1656-1661 , with the intention of

housing artists /poets /by the parliamentarian /financial secretary of France . The essay will focus on the element of light as it applies to the chateaux as well as how the building can be considered a Baroque masterpiece (Blunt 108

The basis of the Vaux-le-Vicomte 's design was a castle . The building actually an offshoot of a castle which explains its grand design . Three men are attributed to the design of the Chateau , which was purchased by Nicolas Fouquet : The architect Le Vau , the painter /decorator Le Brun and the landscape artist Le Nftre (Vaux-le-Vicomte 2008 . The structure of the once castle turned into one of the predominant chateau 's of France (Sitwell 100 ) begins with the Baroque age architecture

Baroque architecture is known for its lavish nature , its supreme accoutrements to buildlings increasing in size and grandeur and the culmination of which is seen in Vaux-le-Vicomte . The elements which define the Baroque era in art and which are exemplified in Vaux-le-Vicomte are fanciful , extravagant and theatrical , each of which are extremely dominant in the fazade of the chateaux with the dome , in the spire /gazebo atop the dome and the high windows with Corinthian columns as a faux fazade to the architecture . Baroque art was in opposition to the previous artistic movement of the Renaissance in many ways . The Baroque era was the flowering of the Renaissance in different ways : While the Renaissance was static the Baroque had a certain dynamism or movement in their architecture . The Baroque style and the fact that the castle was redesigned into a grand chateaux had a lot to do with the expansion of France in the 1600 's . This is when colonization was very popular and strong and nationalistic monarchs such as Louis the VIIII were pressed into creating such grand scale items in to prove their powerful positions . The imprisonment of Nicolas Fouquet in fact had to do with him outshining the king during a royal visit to the chateaux . The focus of the Baroque movement can be found with the scientist Galileo

Galileo changed how people see the world around them and thus their place in the world . Space of universe becomes fascinating aspect of Baroque art . Light becomes just as fascinating and symbolism of light and scientific point of view can be seen through the architecture of Vau-le-Vicomte , in the way the windows are situated in the building to the way in which the sun 's reflection from the...

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