Vaux le Vicomte, Salon d’Hercules!

And why not staying here in beautiful beyond description Vaux le Vicomte at Maincy, dept 77 of Seine et Marne and in the Ïle de France region. One of our sentimental favorites and we know it well. Let me tell you a bit more on the Salon d’Hercules.

Located to the right of the Grand Salon (see post), you find the impertinent rodent in the Salon d’Hercules on a recently restored carpet it stands out prominently, covering the snake, emblem of its rival Colbert. The Salon d’Hercules, the anteroom of Fouquet’s apartment, is adorned with a painted ceiling of a scene representing a Hercules greeted in the Olympus by Jupiter, Diane, and Junon. The medallions and panels adorning the arch represent the twelve works of Hercules by Le Brun. In the center of the anteroom, stands the bronze model of the equestrian statue of Louis XIV that Girardon made in 1699 for the Place Vendôme in Paris, and which was destroyed during the French revolution. This model rests on the wooden base carved by Slodz, a pupil of Girardon at the gallery of sculptures in the Louvre museum!


Above the chimney see the painting of Louis XV by Van Loo around a portrait of François de Neufville, marshal of Villeroy young guardian of Louis XV until 1722 of which will followed in the same functions the Duke de Charost grandson of Nicolas Fouquet, Louis-Philppe d’Orléans (lieutenant general of the French armies and father of Philippe Egaliteé that voted the death of cousin Louis XVI and grandfather of Louis Philippe,king of the French ). You see facing the windows portrait of Princess Palatine second wife of Monsieur (Philippe de France) the brother of Louis XIV. here you find an interesting fellow, portrait of battles of François Henri de Montmorency-Bouteville, duke and marshal of Luxembourg. He was orphan of his father ordered beheaded by Richelieu, but nevertheless a great warrior soldier winner of many battles including during the war of Augsbourg, where he took the flags of the enemy and sent them to decorate the nave of Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, giving him the name of the tapestry master of Notre Dame!

Another impressive room you must see, well all see it, is a must when visiting the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte. There are some webpages to help you plan your trip here as my usual information.

The official webpage of Vaux le VicomteCastle of Vaux le Vicomte

Tourist office of the area Melun val de Seine on Vaux le Vicomte in English: Tourist office of Melun Val de Seine on Vaux le Vicomte

The tourist office of the Ïle de France region on Vaux le Vicomte in English: TOurist office region of Ile de France on Vaux le Vicomte

A bit of extra information but I think is needed to be told.

The Les Amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte association has 2,500 members. For thirty years, it has been working to find, all over the world, pieces of furniture, works of art, documents that belonged to Vaux or relate to its history. Among the treasures now on display at the chateau, a portrait of Madame Fouquet by Le Brun, letters to D’Artagnan on the detention of the superintendent at Pinerolo, an extremely rare manuscript by La Fontaine. And, the eighth tapestry from the Barberini collection, found in the United States. Today 2 M € are disbursed annually for the maintenance of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The official webpage is here in French: Friends of Vaux le Vicomte association

And there you go another wonderful castle monument and gorgeous room to be dream on while visiting my belle France. Hope you enjoy the details and feel free to ask for more that I might have missed as usual in rushing these things. Vaux-le-Vicomte is waiting for you.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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