List of illustrations

  • Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Colonnade of the Louvre
  • Cour Carrée of the Louvre viewed from the east, before the reconstruction of the south range in 1668
  • Allegory of Peace between Spain and France
  • Mazarin as godfather and educator of the young Louis XIV
  • Ceiling of the Galerie Mazarine, detail
  • Château of Vincennes, prior to Mazarin's renovations
  • Ground plan of the château of Vincennes
  • First project for the triumphal arch, château of Vincennes
  • Trimphal arch, château of Vincennes
  • Château of Vincennes
  • First project to renovate the château of Vincennes
  • First project for the triumphal arch, château of Vincennes
  • South gate (exterior and side elevations and section), château of Vincennes
  • Court elevation of the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Queen's Pavilion and triumphal arch, château of Vincennes
  • Plan of the Louvre and the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Ponte Trionfale, Rome
  • Plan of the Louvre, the Collège des Quatre Nations, and the Pont de la Paix, detail
  • Site plan of the college of the Sorbonne
  • Porte de Nesle and the Louvre
  • Porte de Nesle and the Louvre, detail of map
  • Site plan of the Tour de Nesle and environs
  • Collège des Quatre Nations viewed from the Seine
  • Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France) viewed from the Cour Carrée of the Louvre
  • Site plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • First-floor plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Plan showing the width of the Seine between the Collège des Quatre Nations and the Louvre
  • View of the Seine east of the Pont Royal
  • Ground plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Plan, section, and elevation of the houses on the rue Mazarine
  • Ground plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations as built
  • Second courtyard of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Ground plan of the first courtyard of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Entrance of the chapel, first courtyard of the Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Entrance of the Bibliothèque Mazarine, first courtyard of the Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Interior of the Bibliothèque Mazarine
  • First-floor plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations, detail
  • Façade of Sant'Agnese, Piazza Navona, Rome
  • Collège Mazarin (the Collège des Quatre Nations)
  • Château of Blois, view of the Gaston d'Orléans wing, exterior elevation of front wing, and section of entry pavilion
  • Project for a château
  • Plan and elevation of the Villa Trissino at Meledo
  • Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Interior view of the dome, Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Plan of the church at the level of the dome, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Ground plan for the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Ground plan of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome
  • Final plan of the church, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Ground plan of the church and shops, and plan of the dome as built, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Longitudinal section of the church facing west, Collège des Quatre Nations, first scheme
  • Longitudinal section of the church facing east, Collège des Quatre Nations, second scheme
  • Section of the church through the lantern and dome in front of the high altar, Collège des Quatre Nations, third scheme
  • Interior of the Institut de France (formerly the church of the Collège des Quatre Nations), side chapel, facing east
  • Plan of the Visitation Sainte-Marie
  • Plan of Sainte Anne-la-Royale, Paris
  • Ground plan of the church and partial paving plan, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Ground plan of the church, Collège des Quatre Nations, first scheme
  • Ground plan of the church of the Sorbonne
  • Mazarin's tomb viewed from the courtyard entrance of the church, Collège des Quatre Nations (now in the Institut de France)
  • Project for a royal square in front of the church of the Invalides
  • Elevation of the church and west half of the façade, Collège des Quatre Nations, first scheme
  • Façade of Saint Peter's, Rome
  • Elevation of the church façade, Collège des Quatre Nations, second scheme
  • Elevation of the church façade as built, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Transverse section of the church through the dome at left and the chancel at right, facing the main altar, Collège des Quatre Nations, first scheme
  • Transverse section of the church facing the high altar, Collège des Quatre Nations, second scheme
  • Plan and sections of the Bourbon Mausoleum
  • Transverse section of the church facing the high altar, Collège des Quatre Nations, third scheme
  • Transverse section of the church facing the high altar, Collège des Quatre Nations, final scheme
  • Longitudinal section of the church facing east, Collège des Quatre Nations, final scheme
  • First design for the east façade of the Louvre, exterior elevation
  • Ground plan of the Louvre, third scheme
  • Ground plan (the foundation plan) of the Louvre, fourth scheme
  • Ground plan of the Louvre, third scheme, detail
  • Pediment of the Collège des Quatre Nations, detail
  • Project for the central pavilion of the south range of the Louvre (river façade)
  • Project for the east wing of the Louvre, sesction
  • Plan and elevation of the central pavilion of the south wing of the Louvre (river façade)
  • Plan of the Louvre, Tuileries, and Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Partial elevation of the Quai Mazarin and plan of the Place Mazarine
  • Foundation plan of the Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Mausoleum of Augustus
  • Funerary circus in memory of Louis XIII, Saint Paul, Paris
  • Piazza Navona, Rome
  • Piazza San Pietro, Rome
  • Signatures of Louis Le Vau, his father, and brother
  • Site plan of the Louvre, detail
  • Corinthian capitals at the church of the Visitation
  • Ionic capitals at the château of Maisons
  • Corinthian pilaster of the Collège des Quatre Nations (now the Institut de France)
  • Forging cannon
  • Jean-Baptiste Colbert
  • River façade of the south wing of the Louvre
  • Project to enlarge the south wing of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre (river façade)
  • River façade of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre
  • Garden façade of the Enveloppe, château of Versailles
  • Project for a wall tomb for Jules Mazarin
  • Project for a free-standing tomb for Jules Mazarin (front view)
  • Project for a free-standing tomb for Jules Mazarin (back view)
  • Catafalque for Cardinal Mazarin
  • Catafalque for Anne of Austria
  • Project for steps on the Pincio, Rome
  • Catafalque for Cardinal Mazarin
  • Tomb of Cardinal Mazarin, Collège des Quatre Nations
  • Site plan of the Pincio with first scheme for steps
  • Elevation of the Trinitá dei Monti and first project for steps on the Pincio
  • Elevation of the second project for steps on the Pincio
  • Plan of the second project for steps on the Pincio
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~~IT IS A PLEASURE TO ACKNOWLEDGE the friends and colleagues who helped improve this book in concrete ways. I am indebted to Philip Benedict, Joseph Bergin, Richard Brilliant, Richard Cleary, Joseph Connors, and Sarah McPhee, who read the manuscript in whole or in part; their insights, corrections, and suggestions were...
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~GREAT BUILDINGS ARE exceptional by definition, but that does not entirely explain why praise for the Collège des Quatre Nations, now the Institut de France, always seems to fix on its singularity in Louis XIV’s Paris. Constructed between 1662 and 1670 to designs by Louis Le Vau, the Collège...
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~CARDINAL MAZARIN WAS ILL. Unable to join the ceremonial entry of Louis XIV into Paris on a late August day in 1660, he watched from the balcony of the Hôtel de Beauvais beside the Queen Mother and Queen Henrietta-Maria of England. Triumphal...
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MAZARIN’S MANDATE WOULD have been fulfilled by an ordinary building on the edge of town, where land was plentiful and relatively inexpensive...
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WHAT SORT OF man was Louis Le Vau? A document of 1641 offers a clue. One of our earliest encounters with Le Vau in records from the period...
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~AS PAUL FRÉART DE CHANTELOU tells it, Louis Le Vau was a scoundrel who made money improperly off the Collège. In conversation with Gianlorenzo Bernini one September day in 1665, he recounted a disturbing story. After buying one of Le Vau’s earliest townhouses, the Hôtel Bautru (1634–37), Jean-Baptiste Colbert had learned...
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MARIE DE SÉVIGNÉ called Jean-Baptiste Colbert (​FIG. 93) “the North” (le Nord). To the witty doctor Guy Patin, he was “marble man...
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IN NOVEMBER 1657, after Bernini had declined to design Mazarin’s tomb, Elpidio Benedetti sent the cardinal four tomb drawings from an unidentified designer...
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SOON AFTER SIGNING the Peace of the Pyrenees, Cardinal Mazarin decided to erect a monument in honor of Louis XIV in Rome...
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LE VAU STORED his architectural drawings—along with his books, building contracts, and financial papers...
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After Le Vau’s death, his heirs engaged two notaries to take an inventory of the contents of his house...
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