Louis Le Vau

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Louis Le Vau[1]

Louis Le Vau (1612 – 11 October 1670) was a French Classical architect who worked for Louis XIV of France.[2] He was born and died in Paris.

He was responsible, with André Le Nôtre and Charles Le Brun, for the redesign of the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte. His later works included the Palace of Versailles and his collaboration with Claude Perrault on the Palais du Louvre. Le Vau also designed two mirroring additions across the Parterre to the evergrowing Château de Vincennes, the Château du Raincy, the Hotel Tambonneau, the Collège des Quatre-Nations (now housing the Institut de France), the church of St. Sulpice, and Hôtel Lambert, on the Île Saint-Louis, Paris.

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Notes

  1. ^ According to Hilary Ballon (1999, p. 201, note 8), the subject of this portrait was identified as Louis Le Vau in 1955 by Albert Laprade, who identified the plan as that of the southwest corner of the old Louvre, that is the apartment of the Queen Mother Anne d'Autriche, remodeled by Le Vau in the summer of 1661, and the building illustrated in the background as the pavilion next to the Louvre's Petite Galerie (Galerie des peintures), designed by Le Vau, but destroyed by fire on 1 February 1661 and reconstructed a short time later (see also Laprade 1960, chapter 3, plate 1); Christophe Hardouin disputed Laprade's attribution in an unpublished thesis for the University of Paris and identified the subject as Antoine de Ratabon (1617–1670), Superintendant des Bâtiments. Ballon was unable to examine the thesis but cites Thierry Bajou, who discusses Hardouin's reattribution.
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Louis Levau". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 

Bibliography

  • Bajou, Thierry (1998). La Peinture à Versailles. XVIIe siècle, p. 76. Paris.
  • Ballon, Hilary (1999). Louis Le Vau: Mazarin's Collège, Colbert's Revenge. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691048956.
  • Hardouin, Christophe (1994). "La Collection de portraits de l'Académie royale de Peinture et de Sculpture: Peintures entrées sous le règne de Louis XIV (1648–1715", Mémoire de D.E.A., Université de Paris IV, 1994, pp. 164–166.
  • Laprade, Albert (1955). "Portraits des premiers architectes de Versailles", Revue des Arts, March 1955, pp. 21–24.
  • Laprade, Albert (1960). François d'Orbay: Architecte de Louis XIV. Paris: Éditions Vincent, Fréal. OCLC 562063179, 780531730 and 1096782.

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