Andre Le Notre

Building le Chateau

Versailles: Treasures From the Palace – Summer Show at NGA

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Treasures from le Château de Versailles will be on show this summer December 9, 2016 until April 17, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra

Nicolas de Largilliere, portrait of Charles Le Brun created 1683-6,

Charles le Brun: Drawing Versailles – Dazzling French Art

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French designer and painter Charles le Brun (1619-1690) is one of the most admired interior designers in history, an exhibition of his drawings now in Barcelona

King Charles II being presented with the symbol of hospitality, the pineapple that had just been grown in his hothouse, the first in England. In the background is a formal garden ...c1675-80 Oil on Canvas, artist unknown

English Nature – Parley’s, Parks & Promenades, Rus in Urbe!

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King Charles II made promenading in the park fashionable and within a decade English parks were places for perfect parleys, parades and promenades – Rus in urbe

Monet, Pisarro, Sisley & Renoir – Creating First Impressions

Monet, Pisarro, Sisley & Renoir – Creating First Impressions

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Claude Monet’s works give a great first impression of the relationship between art and the beauty and romance of a garden sited in the French landscape.

Le Notre & Le Petite Versailles

Le Notre & Le Petite Versailles

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The spectacular cascade and fountain at Chateau Villette designed by royal gardener Andre Le Notre is one of the few in France today still in working order. Artists were, and still are regarded as interpreters of truth. French gardener Andre Le Notre (1613-1700) was certainly one. Witty, and much admired,…

le bon jardinier

le bon jardinier

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The scale and magnificence of French garden design during the reign of Louis XIV (1638 – 1715) was represented by his chateau at Versailles becoming the model for Europe, if not the whole world at that time in all the arts. The gardens at Versailles with their parterres, pools, sculptures…

Garden Prospects

Garden Prospects

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Charles VIII of France (1470-98) invaded Italy in 1494, but failed in his attempt to secure Naples. He and his courtiers and generals were entranced by what they saw there. The court, its etiquette and manners attached to it were all a revelation, as well as the art and architecture…